35_Giardini di Assago | Manuela Guffanti

2015 Edition, Italy


Project title: Giardini di Assago

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Manuela Guffanti




City: Assago

Address:  Via Bazzana inferiore, 3/5



Designer or design team architects:
GUFFANTI GROUP & PARTNERS SRL Società di ingegneria e architettura – Manuela Guffanti, Giampaolo Guffanti


Plot Area: 14.616 sq.m.

Gross Area:  29.740 sq.m.

Of which residential:  99,02%
Public/communal areas: 0,8
Facilities for the public: 0%
Business/trade: 0%
Offices: 0%

Number of residential units: 142
Typology of users: families
Total building costs Euros: 21.955.314,00 €
Building Cost = Total Bulding Cost / Gross Area:  738,24 €/ sq.m.
Floor area ratio = Gross Area / Plot Area: 1,16
Work started on date: Tuesday, 22nd February 2011
Work completion date: Friday, 8th November 2013


Promoter: Cooperativa edificatrice Ferruccio Degradi
Allotment rule: primary residence, citizenship
Reduction cost percentage compared to the market value:
– assignment:  35,8%
– rent: 12,5%

Description of the project: 

Programme/functions: Giardini di Assago is a new residential complex of 142 dwellings in four buildings. Each building has 3 floors plus attic and 2 underground level for parking and storages.

Urban context/approach: the ability to create a link between a rural context and a contemporary landscape. The area is next to Parco Agricolo Sud Milano, the largest agricultural park in the southern of Milan: Giardini di Assago was designed in such a way that it creates a connection between the existing historical centre with the typical Lombardy rural farm “courts buildings” (as provided in urban plan), and the new residential and commercial blocks and infrastructure.

The buildings are L-shaped, one opposite the other, with two large courts in between to create large urban gardens. These green spaces are intended to enhance increased interconnectedness among residents; the multifunctional common spaces of the buildings are directly accessible from the courts.

Design approach = the ability to combine tradition and innovation realizing buildings with a “traditional skin in a technological body”: The construction elements are inspired by the local building traditions but technologically advanced materials, components and system installations are used to enhance energy efficiency. Consumption = 8,37 kWh/m2a = A+ class.

Environmental sustainability

Windows and Shading: Triple glazing windows, with low conductivity spacers, Uw = 0.79 W/m2.K. The largest windows have in front a balcony to prevent direct solar radiation in summer. Each flat has openings on opposed sides, to facilitate natural ventilation in summer.

Ventilation: A mechanical ventilation system has been installed to provide always a good air quality level. The ventilation system is double flux with heat recovery (up to 80%).

Heating, Hot Water & Cooling: Space and water heating is done by mean of geothermal heat pumps, which during the summer also provide for space cooling. The heat pump are water/water with low temperature floor heating (more confortable). Each dwelling has its own metering system to correctly divide energy costs on the bases of real consumption.

Solar Photovoltaic: A 20 kWp system has been installed, the modules being positioned on the tilt roof. Part of the energy is used for the heat pumps; part is released into the grid. The system benefits of a feed/in tariff.

Water Saving: Superficial underground water is used for the toilets and for watering the green areas.

Economic sustainability: the project give attention to the balance of benefits and construction costs. For example the structural project incudes some precast elements to reduce construction times and cost. Construction materials are next to Km 0. Furthermore the flexibility and variety of apartament typologies and quality encourage sales.

Social sustainability: The household income is not a standard in allottment rule gives so people that lives in Giardini di Assago belongs to different social classes and create a mix. Furthermore equipped green areas in the “courts” and the social spaces created in each building (2 for adults for sharing books, play tennis table, football table and 2 for kids with games) encourage sociality.