A sustainable renovation while respecting the building's historic architectural role: Schüco aluminium solutions shape the new identity of Milan's Torre Velasca

Do the roots of the future of architecture also lie in the redevelopment of historic buildings and palaces that have become true monuments and icons? When redevelopment is in full harmony with the application of the principle of circular economy, when it also involves the energy requalification of existing buildings (all the more so if they are of particular value from a historical-artistic point of view) the question sounds absolutely rhetorical. Proof of this is the recent redevelopment in Milan of the Velasca Tower (to which Schüco contributed with its aluminium solutions) and the surrounding square.

Read also: Schüco defines the aesthetics of the project

Visionary charm

More than 60 years after its realisation by the BBPR studio, the Torre Velasca retains the same visionary charm. The original functions of use have been recovered and revitalised in a sustainable manner, respecting the characteristic elements, in line with the highest standards of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, in order to obtain LEED certification. The restoration work on the façades was both aesthetic and architectural in nature to eliminate the "signs of time" and deterioration, and also involved structural consolidation.

Schüco aluminium solutions

The project, developed by Hines Italy, was overseen by the Asti Architetti studio, in collaboration with CEAS, ESA Engineering, and ARS Aedificandi as General Contractor, in close collaboration with the Milan Archaeological, Fine Arts and Landscape Superintendency. The search for comfort and wellbeing for users, aesthetic quality and environmental sustainability led the actors in the project to choose Schüco aluminium solutions.

Living comfort and sustainable choices

Schüco aluminium systems were used for commercial spaces and residential units up to the 19th floor of the Velasca Tower, flats with a unique view of the city skyline. In particular, the windows were made with Schüco AWS 90 BS.SI+ (Block System Super Insulation) aluminium systems with concealed casement, to meet the architectural and performance requirements.

Minimalist design

The minimalist design facilitates the entry of natural light and guarantees high thermal and acoustic insulation performance. On the outside, the concealed sash with a fixed frame allows the frames to be fully integrated into the masonry, fitting into the façade while respecting the architectural personality of the envelope, preserving and enhancing it. In the Block System solution, the fixed frame is the only element visible externally.

Photo: Giacomo Albo