DESIGNING FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD
Housing Towers in Cascina Merlata, Milan, Italy
C+S Architects - Carlo Cappai, Maria Alessandra Segantini
In Cascina Merlata, in Milan, we have turned an affordable housing project into an action to defend public space and give it back to the community. The plot R11 is located at the Northern end of the Highrise Village, bordering the park of Cascina Merlata, the largest housing development in Europe. Initially planned as a volume surrounded by a fence and meant to be a “gated community”, we have proposed to break the plot into two parts to give back the community a public space and create an “urban door” between the Village and the Park. The new Piazza is an open and accessible space for all people relating the different heights of the street and the park and creating a threshold between the built and nature.