Pirelli 39


Pirelli 39 is located in the center of Milan’s Porta Nuova Gioia District in a strategic position between the Central Station and Scalo Farini, providing access to Porta Nuova from the north towards the city centre. P39 presents an opportunity to develop a new model of mixed-use development and sustainable urban growth. The project combines the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings with environmentally responsible new construction, and a vibrant ‘living’ cultural destination devoted to the art and science of plants.

The P39 project involves three components:

Regeneration of the existing Pirellino tower

The tower will be adapted to meet the current standards of office spaces in terms of innovation and sustainability. The renovation will maintain the building’s original character, while updating the structure to maximize efficiency.

Regeneration of the Pirellino Bridge building

The project creates a new cultural hub in the footprint of the existing separating wall, bridge building on Via Melchiorre Gioia. A biodiverse greenhouse space - dedicated to providing an immersive, educational, interactive and innovative experience of various plant species - will act as an extension of the neighboring Biblioteca degli Alberi park.

A new residential tower

1,700 square meters of vegetation, distributed across multiple floors will express the changing colors of the seasons through flora and fauna that will also absorb 14 tons of CO2 and produce 9 tons of oxygen per year - the equalivent output of a 10,000 square-meter forest. With 2,770 square meters of photovoltaic panels, the tower will be able to self-produce 65% of its energy needs. The building includes a wooden structure that will decrease its carbon footprint, including 1,800 cubic meters of wood floors that will save up to 3,600 tons of carbon dioxide in the construction phases.

Project information
Client         Coima
PartnersElizabeth Diller,Ricardo Scofidio,Charles Renfro,and Benjamin Gilmartin
Project DirectorMichael Samoc
Project Leaders (Competition)Mario Bastianelli,Matthew Uselman,Charles Curran,and Charles Berman
TeamAdin Rimland,Alex Knezo,Alicia Munoz,Andreas Kostopoulos,Brian Tabolt,Charles Berman,Diego Soto Madrinan,Fareez Giga,Giannantonio Bongiorno,Jack Solomon,James McNally,Jedidiah Lau,Jonathan Parker,Jung Jae Suh,Kaitlin Faherty,Matthew Uselman,Michael Robitz,Ning Hiransaroj,Quy Le,and Yundong (Patrick) Yang
SUSTAINABILITY & ECOLOGY DIRECTOR, Competition PhaseSean Gallagher
Competition TeamAdin Rimland,Brian Tabolt,Diego Soto Madrinan,Fareez Giga,Giannantonio Bongiorno,Hau Hsu,Jack Solomon,James McNally,Jung Jae Suh,Michael Robitz,Quentin (Kun Hin) Yiu,Radu Remus Macovei,and Shiwoo Yu
External credits
MPartnerExecutive Architect
Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Stefano Boeri ArchitettiDesign Architects
ArupStructural Engineer
DeernsMEP Engineer and Vertical Transportation Consultant
FacesFacade Engineer
GAe EngineeringFire and Code Consultant