SOM redesigns the historic Allianz headquarters by Gio Ponti

The Corso Italia 23 complex, the historic headquarters of Allianz in Milan, designed by Gio Ponti at the end of the 1950s, will be redesigned by architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill and delivered in 2022.

Yesterday morning, Allianz Real Estate launched the redevelopment of Corso Italia 23, the architectural complex designed by architects Gio Ponti, Piero Portaluppi and Antonio Fornaroli in the early 1960s. Set for completion in 2022, the project is designed by architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill.

SOM’s proposal for Corso Italia 23 aims to transform the complex of offices into a vibrant office campus which respects its heritage while meeting the needs of future tenants for today and the years to

The proposed design reinstates our understanding of some of Gio Ponti’s original aspirations for a greater connectivity
with the city and within the buildings, and aspires to create a new identity for the campus.

With a focus on people, the project’s inside-out approach addresses the needs of users by providing flexible and adaptable office space supported by a robust programme of amenities that meet the demands of contemporary users.


Key interventions to bring the campus in line with contemporary workspaces include the addition of new lobbies, suitable for various occupant profiles. By employing a unified set of materials, detailing and finishing, a ‘continuous landscape’ is formed at ground level, stitching the new elements of the campus together, including simple elevation changes that navigate the office community to the Fitness Centre, Business Centre, Retail, and Food Hall. The spiral staircases visually connect the office spaces with the landscape and further collaborative and amenity spaces encourage informal gathering, promote physical activity and wellbeing throughout the work environment.

The facade of each building has been carefully redesigned to create a new identity for the campus, taking into consideration its relationship with the city, environmental performance and heritage value.
Additions to the roof offer opportunities to create amenity, executive offices terraces and green space with differing uses and character. All of them offer stunning views to Milan and create exclusive environments for tenants and visitors. The rooftop gardens and terraces are available for all campus tenants and provide a retreat from the activity below on the street. Lush greenery and quiet enclaves for private conversation provide a necessary break from the bustle of the workplace.

Investment & Asset Manager:
Allianz Real Estate
Allianz S.p.A
Project name:
Corso Italia 23
Corso Italia 23-25, Milano, Italia

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