SOCIAL VILLAGE CASCINA MERLATA
Construction work term: 18 months
Construction work end: March 2015
Number of dwellings: first stage of development (7 tower buildings): 93 affordable rent homes, 140 affordable rent homes with purchase option e 164 apartments for sale
Sizes of the dwellings: 60-130 sqm
Energy class: A cened, the apartments are connected to the district heating network. The cooling system uses the heat exchange with the ground water
At the end of Expo 2015, the buildings (both the private and communal spaces) were completely renovated and the 397 ‘new’, energy class A, apartments were offered for long-term rental or for rent-to-buy, as well as for direct sale at affordable prices.
The apartments, of various dimensions and typologies – from one-room to five-room – each have either a cellar or underground parking space included.
THE NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD OF CASCINA MERLATA
The Social Village is part of the large new district of Cascina Merlata (approx. surface area 900,000 sq.m.), which is situated to the North West of Milan, close to both the location of Expo 2015 and also to the trade fair centre at Rho-Pero.
In addition to the new residences, the urban plan included an array of services – a kindergarten, a primary school and middle school, two nurseries, well-equipped public spaces, play parks and the historic farmhouse, Cascina Merlata, restructured for use for public functions – which are being built. The project is completed by a large shopping centre and a new urban park of approx. 250,000 sq.m. which is closely integrated with the Social Village Cascina Merlata towers.
The -planning concept of the Cascina Merlata district is the product of a design contest among 11 of the best Italian architects’ studios.
Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel & Partners, Caputo Partnership and MCA were judged to be the winners in a three-way tie. Subsequently the architectural design project was awarded to the first two studios who developed the masterplan that was approved by the Local Agencies in March 2011.
FUND MANAGEMENT AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
TECHNICAL AND SOCIAL ADVISOR
Fondazione Housing Sociale
Comune di Milano
MCA di Mario Cucinella Architects
B22 e PURA
Quality Living Service–QLS
Cooperativa Edificatrice Ferruccio Degradi
Cooperativa Edilizia di Abitazione Uniabita
Cooperativa di abitanti Ecopolis