Milan, the first sustainable newsstand entirely made of wood

Tribute to the City by the Rubner Haus company, is an attempt to revive a sector in crisis.

Based on a project by ABC - Architetti Barban Cappellari, the expert company of prefabricated wooden buildings Rubner Haus has realized the first newsstand in Milan entirely made in wood. The compact pavilion is a homage of the company to the capital of Lombardy, as a testimony of the restart after a complex period.

Edicola Rubner Haus, ABC - Architetti Barban Cappellari and Rubner Haus, Milan, Italy, 2020. Photo Alessandro Zenoni

While at night, when closed, the newsstand takes on a compact appearance – with steel profiles and visible parts in dark gray painted wood – during the day, thanks to some movable elements, it takes on the iconic shape of the hut, primordial shelter and basic structure of the architecture, making the space inside the cabin more practical and functional.

“Today there is a lot of talk about urban regeneration as a tool to give back to the community goods that have a positive impact on the values of social inclusion and integration” says Deborah Zani, CEO of Rubner Haus. “The newsstand as a place without doors or windows, which usually overlooks a square or a crossroads, is one of the emblematic spaces at the center of exchanges and relationships. Thinking about what the newsstand of the 21st century should be like has led us to think about three key concepts: environmental sustainability, sustainability of living and ethical-cultural sustainability that find a common denominator in the most sustainable building material, wood”.

The inauguration of the structure on the 1st of October was accompanied by a series of digital talk curated by Luca Molinari Studio. Among the guests who spoke on issues such as sustainability, project quality and sociality, Alfonso Femia, Aldo Cibic, Benedetta Tagliabue, Mario Cucinella Ilaria Valente, Andreas Kipar and Francesco Fresa.

Edicola Rubner Haus
ABC - Architetti Barban Cappellari
Rubner Haus
Milan, Italy
1 October 2020

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