Competition - Special Mention

Martina Buzzo, Andrea Govi, Antonio La Marca

A “cascina” in the city, serving the surrounding urban territory. The “cascina”, traditional rural outpost in the Lombardy countryside, becomes a public space that brings urbanity and sociality in a place that is not yet a city. A tool at the service of the surrounding space.

A series of courtyards and squares that offer an opportunity for relationship and dialogue. A fragment of the historical city, in a suburb characterized by infrastructures, deposits and industries, which becomes the prototype of a new way of living. The project becomes an audacious gesture of trust towards a neighborhood that will be born: a series of spaces that become the setting for a collective life. A place where the railway offers the necessary connection and empty space to imagine a new way of living.


An idea of ​​living that looks to cooperation and relations before profit. A strongly longitudinal area becomes a matrix of urbanity, rather than a residual space on the edge of the railway. The ground floor draws the squares both from a morphological and social point of view. A series of public or commercial spaces and services also open to the neighborhood becomes a barrier to the railway, a background for a future neighborhood in the city. An infrastructure that allows the spaces to be maintained, also from an economic point of view, through some commercial activities such as the interchange car park that allow to support the condominium expenses and the management of shared spaces. A unitary element, which relates to the territorial scale of the railway and offers continuity in a  fragmented neighborhood. A sequence of squares to be discovered, characterized by different shapes and activities. Spaces sized with respect to traditional urban spaces, which everyone can recognize and use in a universal way, without the need for organized programming or  a "military" control.


The section of the project itself is a gradient that starts from the public spaces to reach the domestic and private ones. The ground floor is characterized by the public spaces and the ones open to the city, than the first level is occupied by residential services that can be shared with the city, such as sport or open air cinema.

In the upper floors the ratio of public spaces decreases and is limited to the balconies and common spaces. Shared spaces decrease and are shared by fewer people.