THE GREENHOUSES OF GIARDINI D’INVERNO
Milan, 19 March 2019 – The first greenhouse and the show flat of Giardini d’Inverno, the 0-impact residential development being built in Milan in Via G. B. Pirelli 33 and that will be completed in the summer, are revealed. The real estate project, promoted by China Investment S.p.a, in collaboration with BNP Paribas as a trading partner, and signed by the architectural firm Caputo Partnership International, is divided into three buildings that define its volume; it extends for 15 floors above ground (16 with the ground floor) and six underground floors, for a total of approximately 13 thousand sqm commercial and 91 apartments.
The interior project is signed by Poliform, a leading international company in the furniture sector: the apartments will be supplied, included in the price, with a Poliform Kitchen with prestigious finishes such as quartzite tops and lacquered and complete furniture of latest generation Miele appliances. Upon request, all the fixed furnishings – wardrobes and bathrooms – can be purchased, designed and conceived by the Poliform staff for each apartment.
The Greenhouses are the heart of the entire project: 110 high-rise gardens designed and built in collaboration with Peverelli S.r.l., a leading company in the design and construction of green in residential and urban design solutions.
This choice puts the green at the center of a wider living philosophy. The 110 greenhouses are designed to allow the installation of a wide range of essences thanks to the presence of a glass cover that can be opened with which the greenhouses are equipped.
Who will be living in Giardini d’Inverno can choose the tree species to compose their own greenhouse within a tender dossier, real menus from which to select three different types of small trees/large shrubs, among which citrus fruits such as Citrus limon or the Citrus fortunella macrocarpa; evergreen and flowering shrubs, such as the Abelia Rupestris or the Spiraea alpina; evergreen and flower-shaped ground coverings, such as small-leaved hedera or Campanula porscharskiana. There are 10 menus available: Perfumes of Sicily, Lemons and colors, Yellow white and lilac, Romantic Milan, Citrus in blossom, Strawberry jam, Pomegranate, Mediterranean scrubland, A colorful summer, Tribute to the East.
To ensure an optimal result, the possible combinations of essences have been defined in relation to technical and botanical assessments that take into account the city climate and the different exposure of the terraces on each front of the building.
“Today we present the greenhouses, the true essence of Giardini d’Inverno,” explains Maurizio Del Tenno, Managing Director of China Investment. “We are very proud of this project that is located in an area of feverish activity for Milan and that goes to redevelop an area that has been abandoned for too long. We have given dignity back to a place by focusing on the absolute quality of the materials and the skills of great professionals who have put their heart and soul into this building that was designed by focusing on the person, the needs of families, entrepreneurs, young people and couples of today. A dynamic place, aesthetically beautiful and well done from a technical point of view “.
In the new concept of green living, the greenhouses, housed in portions of terraces belonging to the individual housing units and accessible through a French window in the apartment or terrace, become an extension of the apartment. The space of these veritable high-rise gardens is designed to be experienced as an effective space of the house throughout the year, thanks to the technological system of openable glass slats that creates an ideal microclimate even in the most rigid seasons. In addition, the greenhouses are delimited on three sides by a glazed enclosure that guarantees brightness and transparency inside the apartment, while the floor is raised, with a composite wood finish. The same lighting project of the exterior, which reproduces the shades of the sky on the ceilings of greenhouses, from dusk to night, further enhances the bond between home and natural environment.
“The greenhouses are central to my research on living space, as a point of synthesis of the relationship between the open space and the closed space,” says architect Paolo Caputo. “In fact, I think we need to work on a third space that is a meeting place between architecture and nature: the greenhouse as a microcosm of well-being, made to think, read, play, talk, enjoy plants and flowers that are also difficult to cultivate outdoors , in balance between inside and outside “.
With regard to the design of the green storage spaces, the size of the planters has been designed to allow the insertion of already adult samples and in any case to ensure a correct development. Specifically, the planters are covered with a special drainage that guarantees the best filter-drain-protection conditions, and have a drop-flow fertigation system inside that is managed on a condominium level. Intensive topsoil is used as filling soil – based on calibrated volcanic rocks, selected peat and humic substances – characterized by a high permeability and therefore able to avoid water stagnation, while for surface finishing volcanic lapillus is used .
“The winter garden, in its most common meaning, is a space that accommodates citrus fruits and other fruit or exotic plants during the winter, particularly in the less warm latitudes. With the explosion of the phenomenon in the 16th century in northern Europe, the custom of cultivating citrus fruits spread, the “golden apples”, a symbol of abundance, wealth and fruitfulness. The citrus fruits were placed in glass constructions, used as an extension of residential areas such as verandas or solariums” says Roberta Peverelli of Peverelli S.r.l. “Therefore, the botanical project of “Giardini d’Inverno” intends to restore to residents the most peculiar suggestions of this accessory space that comes to us from the Roman era”.
The green is also present in the high-rise gardens on the roof terraces in the highest part of the building, as well as in the internal condominium garden. Overall, the building creates a continuous exchange between interiors, exteriors, light and natural elements, creating a harmonious whole. The project also provides for the redevelopment of all open spaces on the perimeter of the building, in particular the square in front of Via Pirelli will be transformed into a pedestrian area, with green areas and spaces for the community. The view on via Adda, lastly, will be characterized by a large green court in strong relation with the glazed areas of the ground floor and accessible to the public.