| Author: Manuel Pozzi, Giulia Spezia, Francesca Ubizzoni
| Professor: Arnaldo Arnaldi, Gian Luca Basso Peressut
| University: Polytechnic of Milan
| Porject Report:
Planning a building, [Re]writing a building. This is the main theme of our project.
The building we have chosen is now a frame, it was built in the 80s and it is located in the South outskirts of Milan. It was planned to create a commercial area surrounded by a green area. Our building is like a limit between city and fields. This limit is very well visible. The idea of its new function, or better [Re]writing, comes from the first “meeting” with the building itself: the inspection.
In this first phase the building is a frame characterised by unnatural essentiality and rigidity. This building must rise again. This is the reason why we have planned a resurrection of it which could happen only by giving a new function to it: the function of cemetery. Only a frame of beams and pillars could host dead people forever. Starting from 18th century the cemetery had a very important function in the city, it was a dynamic constituent of the urban network.
After this period a break happened: the cemetery became more and more isolated and left out of the walls of the city. Nowadays the situation is completely different: the city, which is Milan in our case study, is now absorbing cemeteries. Our project focuses on the statement that the cemetery is part of the city, it is protected and intimate, but dynamic at the same time. This building is in between two completely different worlds (it is like a sign of fate): human world and nature. This building has been realised only though symmetries and rigidity and it refers to similar architectures like “Il Cubo” by Aldo Rossi or the enlargement of Voghera cemetery planned by Monestiroli, in which the main focus in not death in itself, but the sense of separation that death provokes. As a consequence, this building could rise again only as a cemetery.