The offices and housing building in piazza Ss. Trinità 6 – via Giannone 8, built in 1969 according to the plans of Mario Asnago and Claudio Vender, stands on the grounds which are home to the church and parish house of Santissima Trinità, demolished in 1968 due to the demands of urbanisation. Of the old church, the foundations of which date back to 1000AD, only the bell tower remains, built in the XIII century and still visible in the centre of the courtyard.
Mario Asnago and Claudio Vender
The recovery operation of the communal areas of three floors above ground, intended for office-use, consists of a discovery which will restore it with its original architectural features, freed from superficialities and recent additions, the major players in the definition of space.
The old reinforced concrete wall faces the spine of the whole system and the elements which have been introduced – starting with the ones on the first floor, consisting of a new elevator – approach the initial project, activating it through a material and spatial dialogue.
The past and the present are next to each other, each with their own identity.
Proger’s architectural project offices and communal areas:
Architect Giovanni Vaccarini
A big glass window and around 1000 years of history separates the bell tower of the Trinità from the works of contemporary art which we wanted to include in the redesign of the communal areas of the new offices: a tribute to values – Sensitivity, Beauty, attention to the Human Dimension – which can and must inspire the work of the General Contractor, in line with the interpretation which gives a role to this company of Engineering & Management, such as Proger.
The work, If You Can’t Swim by Maurice Pefura, born as an installation: two big painted surfaces, in the shape of an L, face each other like buildings on the opposite side of a square where spectators can run from the overpowering feeling of their nearly 6000 windows. Reflection is at the barres des logemements, the housing solution set up in France in the sixties and seventies – about the same time when the building of piazza Ss. Trinità 6 stood in Milan – to deal with the accommodation crisis due to the recall of the workforce from rural areas, from the south of Europe and from the ex-colonies to satisfy the needs of the mass industrialisation following the post-war rebuilding.
Designed from the beginning to disperse into a sort of diaspora, the Frammenti of the installation, of varied shapes and dimensions, are all numbered and catalogued in a way which makes it possible, one day, to put the original back together.
Work of art:
If You Can’t Swim. Fragments 2017
Collage, acrylic, mixed materials and tar paper