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The Milanese building in via Berchet was built in 1880 by the Opera Pia Borella and since 1930 it is headquarter of Società Ricordi. Thanks to the latest ownership (Antonello Manuli Holdings), today it has come to a new life as space for offices and commercialisation with a “green heart”.
It is a jewel of sustainability, LEED Core&Shell Gold level certified for sustainability and a great example of how historical buildings can be redeveloped maintaining attention centred on energy and hydro-conservation, using eco-friendly materials.
This success has been obtained through partnerships with architects firms such as Parisotto & Formenton, F&M Ingegneria, ESA engineering and Evotre for the certification. In Italy, a similar record has been only achieved with the requalify of Ca’ Foscari in Venice. The intervention on the premises at Palazzo Ricordi is even more complex (over 16thousand square metres, with 84% of the original materials recovered), on the wall wrapping (with a special thermal insulation coating), on the internal distribution, on the use of selective glass and thermal doors and windows as wells as the whole heating system, cooling and ventilation (geothermal system with ground water heat pump). «Palazzo Ricordi is the authentic proof that it is possible to work following green practises preserving the highest integrity of the ancient premises with intelligence and innovation – says Gianni Silvestrini, President of Green Building Council Italia – the Italian constructed heritage is significant, many historical buildings are in desperate need of adjustments. This represents an opportunity of reducing consumptions and lower carbon dioxide emissions in great quantities each year as by the European legislation for 2030». Palazzo Ricordi’s external shell has been preserved, given the historical and architectural defence while the interiors have been transformed according to new commercial needs and pursuing the maximum energetic efficiency. The six-floor building has been thought to become a functional space and a model of sustainability and innovation. These are factors that also constitute an added value to the hosted brands. The building is classified in “A class”, a level that many new buildings struggle to achieve.
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by Giuliana Zoppis
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