LA NUOVA TENDENZA DELL’ARCHITETTURA MODERNA: LE SCHERMATURE VERDI COMINCIANO A “FIORIRE”
THE NEW TENDENCY OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE. GREEN WALLS ARE BEGINNING TO “FLOURISH” IN OUR CITIES.
Foto di: Yong Kwan Kim, Trussardi, R. Fabio Sciacca
Giò Ponti nel 1974 mandava un invito: “Quando si parla di verde verticale non posso che offrirvi la visita di quel giardino verticale che, forse l’unico a Milano, in fondo c’è: il mio studio. Venite e state sicuri che il portinaio non vi fermerà; io desidero che il verde diventi un materiale da costruzione, un materiale di espressione architettonico…”.
Il Cafè Trussardi a Milano, progettato dallo Studio Carlo Ratti Associati, in collaborazione con il biologo francese Patrick Blanc.
In 1974 Giò Ponti sent out an invitation: “When talking about green walls I can only offer you a tour of that vertical garden that perhaps is the only one in Milan; my studio Come and rest assured that the concierge will not stop you; I want greenery to become a construction material, a material of architectural expression. How topical an utterance of this type is for our days when our cities are becoming impossible to live in and we are rediscovering the increasingly urgent value of making buildings relate to the environmental dimension. From the point of view of solar screening, the green walls or horizontal pergola systems provide both protection from the sun and the creation of systems with a self-regulating micro-climate. In this way the plants allow not just screening from the sun but also the reoxygenising of the polluted air while regulating the degree of humidity. The vertical wall has now effectively become the one that Giò Ponti hoped for in the Seventies. Increasingly used by architects of clear international renown in the various projects that are changing the face of our cities, with more or less appreciable results. Architects such as Stefano Boeri, Mario Cucinella or practices such as Mass Studies or the very interventions of Patrick Blanc, the well-known French biologist have lately produced a considerable corpus of examples of green wall inclusion in various European and foreign designs. The fundamental difference with the green walls that still today provide our cities with romantic spots and corners characterised largely by climbing plants compared with the green wall the new generation of architects are now proposing lies precisely in the patented and industrialised systems used today. An exemplary case in in Milan is the Cafè Trussardi built to a design by the Carlo Ratti Associato studio together with Patrick Blanc, where a plant-type pergola system above the outside seating area of the establishment is used as an intermediate space between the cafè and the outside. In this case the greenery gives both a system of screening to the outside seating area but it also has an immediately perceptible function of creating a relaxing environment. Another example is the Ann Demeulemeester Shop in Seoul designed by the Mass Studies studio where the whole building is covered in vegetation through the use of what we might call “green br
COPRITE DI VERDE MILANO
L’iniziativa, presentata a Milano, Teatro Gerolamo, il 18 giugno 1974, nata da una proposta dello architetto GjIla Giani, ha visto la partecipazione di personalità quali: Giulio Macchi, Giancarlo Ferrari, Antonio Miotto, Giò Ponti, Gjlla Giani,
The initiative presented in Milan at the Teatro Gerolamo on June 18,1974 born out of the suggestion by GjIla Giani, was attended by personalities such as: Giulio Macchi, Giancarlo Ferrari, Antonio Miotto, Giò Ponti, Gjlla Giani, Ruggero Orlando, Paolo Pillitteri, Carlo Sirtori, Gillo Dorfies, Ivo Codazza and Carla Paleologo. The poster announced: “We have covered Milan Cathedral in green to remind the Milanese that every house can be covered in the vegetation that can make Milan a healthier city. The city dweller is asking greenery for help to find and rediscover the city and draw nearer to it." By observing the condition of cities today we can fully realise just how prescient those words were and how today taking that path has become necessary as never before.