In Milan, Renzo Piano’s Sesto station takes shape

The project, by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Ottavio di Blasi & Partners, will reunite two urban strips that the tracks had divided.

Works on the new Sesto San Giovanni railway station – which starts the regeneration of the entire MilanoSesto area – began in July and the project is taking shape. The proposal stems from an idea of ​​the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, while the preliminary, final and executive project is by Studio Ottavio di Blasi & Partners (ODB), in collaboration with the engineering firm SCE Project.

The bridge-station will reunite two areas of the city that the tracks had split, Sesto San Giovanni and the ex Falck areas. The project revisits the historic railway stations in a modern way, mixing glass with steel and it features a bridge that connects two single-storey buildings in reinforced concrete, overlooking Piazza Primo Maggio and the new Piazza on the Falck side. With its large photovoltaic glass roof, measuring 110 x 28 meters, the building will also produce electricity.

Two other construction sites have also been planned near the new station: to the south “Unione Zero” and to the north the project by Mario Cucinella of the Città della Salute e della Ricerca (City of Health and Research). Some large industrial archeologies will also be renewed – including the Rolling Mill Train – to be used for commercial, cultural and association functions and will begin the construction of the first half of the park designed by LAND, the heart of the whole project.

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