Casa Tersicore

Location: Italy, Milan

Casa Tersicore, Built work, Milan, 2015-2018. Address: via Sala 12, Milan. Land area: 2.150 sqm. Above ground building floor area: 4,900 sqm. Underground building floor area: 1,900 sqm. Storeys: 8 (1 underground storey, 7 storeys above ground) Building lenght: 55 m. Building height: 24 m. Unit number: 26 apartments, common spaces. Underground parking lots: 37. Photography: Maurizio Montagna – Description: Casa Tersicore was built in Milan, near the Naviglio Grande. On the street, the body of the building is four stories high, which bends around the corner, and then rises seven stories high in a type of turret. The ground floor of the building is set slightly back from the edge of the loggia on the first and second floors. This loggia runs along both the street front and on the side orthogonal to it, towards the interior of the lot. The decorative suspended pilasters (lesene) of the loggia, 15cm thick and variable in width, are designed in a slowed perspective (prospettiva rallentata), so that on the long side viewed from the street they appear equidistant because of the perspectival view, while in reality their intercolumniation is progressively greater as they get further away from the street. The loggia is overlaid with slender metal frames, with a 6cm side square section. The frame modulation is uniform and therefore inconsistent with respect to the incremental rhythm of the decorative pilasters of the loggia. The metal frames envelop the turret with a solution of continuity on each side, so that the volume can be read alternatively as a unit or as a single partition of it. Similar solutions of continuity also characterize the design of the frames on the third floor set back from the street. An ideal continuity can be mentally reconstructed by projecting the lines in the intervals between the parts of the frame, like the altanella positioned on the corner. The space between the frame and the real volume also ensures enough natural light during the daytime, and meanwhile avoid high temperature problems in summer with the help of external insulation layer on the façade and external sunscreens outside the windows, as well as the shadow created by the loggia of the upper floors. By changing the point of view, or when you are on the top-floor terraces enveloped by frames, you have the impression of being inside a very transparent interior or outside but in a sheltered setting – in any case, in the open air. Each unit’s terraces or balconies are partly covered, so you can dine outdoors. The materials used on the facades, solar panels installed on top of the building for both winter and summer air conditioning, and the controlled mechanical ventilation and primary air intake system with an integrated dehumidification system help the building to deal with the local climate in an energy saving way. Besides, the external arrangement on the ground floor has paths paved with gray gres tiles and includes lawn areas with plantings. The design of the greenery did not involve the built sections, but there are enough space left on the loggias and balconies for every inhabitant to determine the choice of their plants, which also contribute the improvement of microclimate in the living units. Casa Tersicore carries on the research of modern Milanese buildings, including those on Via Fatebenefratelli by Mozzoni and Ghidini, on Via Lanzone by the Latis brothers, on Via Anelli by Giancarlo Malchiodi, on 26 viale Beatrice d’Este by Perogalli and Mariani, among others.

Project Manager:
Lorenzo Degli Esposti
Other team members:
Paolo Lazza
Stefano Antonelli
Company information:
Degli Esposti Architetti S.r.l.;;