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Palazzo Lombardia

A tower, weaving strands of linear mid-rise office space, and interconnected public spaces comprise this highly awarded, highly sustainable headquarters complex in Milan.

Palazzo Lombardia provides office and support spaces in a form that is efficient, flexible, and accessible to the public, along with outdoor gathering places intended to enhance public life and stimulate regeneration of the district.

In both scale and materiality, the podium relates to the surrounding neighborhood, while the 160-meter-tall tower addresses the nearby Pirelli Tower, the government’s former headquarters and a major icon of the modern era. The lively formal dialogue between the two structures evokes and enriches their intimate functional relationship: the Pirelli Tower will continue to serve as the government’s institutional base, while Palazzo Lombardia will serve as its administrative seat.

SITE: Part of the Garibaldi-Repubblica urban enhancement and upgrading area

COMPONENTS: 141,000 m2 / 1,510,000 ft2 gross area; office complex and tower, glass-enclosed central plaza, multi-use auditorium, exhibition space, restaurant, linear public park, underground parking

CLIENT: Regione Lombardia

PCF&P SERVICES: Architecture, exterior envelope, interior design of public spaces

SUSTAINABILITY: Extensive energy-saving measures, including one-meter-cavity active climate wall


Best Tall Building Europe
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, 2012

Global Awards for Excellence: Finalist
Urban Land Institute, 2012

The International Architecture Award
Chicago Athenaeum / European Centre, 2012

Dedalo Minosse International Prize: Special Prize Caoduro
ALA - Assoarchitetti, l'Arca and Regione del Veneto, 2011

The American Architecture Award
Chicago Athenaeum, 2011

Award of Excellence
American Institute of Architects, New York State Chapter, 2013

Design Award of Excellence
Society of American Registered Architects, 2012

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Status: Built
Location: Milan, Italy
Firm Role: Design Architectural Firm
Additional Credits: Competition, Schematic, and Design Development Phase: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in association with Paolo Caputo Partnership and Sistema Duemila

Structural: Thornton Tomasetti, New York

Mechanical: Arup Engineer

Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Fernando Guerra, Piero Mollica