The topic of vacant office buildings is the most evident aspect of the dismissed parts of cities. By an international point of view, the issue can be found in a series of research works, including those published by some researchers of the Delft University of Technology (Geraedts R., Van der Voordt T., 2003-2007, Remoy H.T., Van der Voordt T., 2007-2014, Remoy H.T., 2014) and of the Tokyo Metropolitan University (Ogawa H., Kobayashi K. et alii, 2007). It can also be found in a series of policies aimed to re-use these buildings promoted by some Municipality, such as Toronto, London and Paris. In Milan, the problem recently assumed considerable importance: the vacancy rate reached 13,1%, compared to the 7/8% of the 2008, and 1.575.000 square meters of offices are currently vacant (BNP Paribas Real Estate, 2015). The situation is expected to get worse, because a report made by BNP Paribas Real Estate in 2014 shows that 2.390.000 square meters of new offices could be on the market before 2020 and the 77% of these spaces is still without a tenant. Moreover, about 75% of the vacant stock has very low energy performances. The ask of quality of living is always more urgent and it should be more and more able to relate the social, the environmental and the economic aspect characterizing the structure of the concept of sustainability. This paper supports the idea of a necessary adaptive reuse of some office buildings into housing, with two targets: on the one side the reuse and the upgrading of the energy performances of the vacant stock; on the other side the answer to the needs of new forms of living, to promote a smart strategy for the contemporary city. The result of this paper is a picture of the current state of the problem in the city of Milan, through the analysis of the factors (location, prevalent building types, constructive solutions, etc.) that define the basis for the setting of design guidelines oriented to realize projects, that should be characterized by functional and social mix, social housing and new forms of living, in order to rehabilitate buildings and open spaces considered as resources, so that they could also stimulate the regeneration of their own urban context.

ADAPTIVE REUSE OF VACANT OFFICE BUILDINGS IN MILAN

GINELLI, ELISABETTA
2016-01-01

Abstract

The topic of vacant office buildings is the most evident aspect of the dismissed parts of cities. By an international point of view, the issue can be found in a series of research works, including those published by some researchers of the Delft University of Technology (Geraedts R., Van der Voordt T., 2003-2007, Remoy H.T., Van der Voordt T., 2007-2014, Remoy H.T., 2014) and of the Tokyo Metropolitan University (Ogawa H., Kobayashi K. et alii, 2007). It can also be found in a series of policies aimed to re-use these buildings promoted by some Municipality, such as Toronto, London and Paris. In Milan, the problem recently assumed considerable importance: the vacancy rate reached 13,1%, compared to the 7/8% of the 2008, and 1.575.000 square meters of offices are currently vacant (BNP Paribas Real Estate, 2015). The situation is expected to get worse, because a report made by BNP Paribas Real Estate in 2014 shows that 2.390.000 square meters of new offices could be on the market before 2020 and the 77% of these spaces is still without a tenant. Moreover, about 75% of the vacant stock has very low energy performances. The ask of quality of living is always more urgent and it should be more and more able to relate the social, the environmental and the economic aspect characterizing the structure of the concept of sustainability. This paper supports the idea of a necessary adaptive reuse of some office buildings into housing, with two targets: on the one side the reuse and the upgrading of the energy performances of the vacant stock; on the other side the answer to the needs of new forms of living, to promote a smart strategy for the contemporary city. The result of this paper is a picture of the current state of the problem in the city of Milan, through the analysis of the factors (location, prevalent building types, constructive solutions, etc.) that define the basis for the setting of design guidelines oriented to realize projects, that should be characterized by functional and social mix, social housing and new forms of living, in order to rehabilitate buildings and open spaces considered as resources, so that they could also stimulate the regeneration of their own urban context.
Sustainability and Innovation for the Future
978-989-98949-4-5
Sustainable design, rehabilitation, office buildings, new forms of living, Milan
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