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Sassetti Tower, the icon of the Financial District.

A place to host professionals and foster technological innovation in the financial community, in the heart of the Fintech District in Milan. The renovation of the Sassetti Tower, designed by L22 Urban & Building, started from the glass curtain façade to the internal offices, a dynamic ecosystem created by Sellalab to promote cooperation and business partnership.

The renovation of the tower Sassetti at Via Sassetti 32 in Milan wanted to create an iconic building in the Fintech District area, recently become the financial and commercial heart of Milan.

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The L22’s design approach, as commissioned by Invesco Real Estate, which bought the property in 2015, is based around a cutting-edge vision where the efficiency and flexibility of the workplaces are combined with an innovative façade design, that literally opens the building to the city, emphasising the building presence in the square.

Starting from the original project made by the engineers Franco Morini and Emilio Pereira in 1990-92, the glass curtain facade is featured with an overlapping pattern of slender horizontal and vertical elements, a structural grid extended beyond the terrace to emphasise the vertical nature of the tower, while the Santafiore Lavagrigia stones and columns at the base gives a sensation of solidity and elegance.
The entrance gates facing the square have been completely removed to open up the first floor to create visual continuity between the outside and the interiors where the double-height hall announces functions both as a reception area and a dynamic rest area.

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The office spaces are designed by L22 Urban & Building. The first eight floors of the office building are taken up by Copernico with Banca Sella occupying levels 9-11. The 12th and 13th floor, instead, are designed as a co-working environment and the events space with the terrace.
Copernico has also chosen the professionals and the star-ups that will be accommodated in the office levels, renovated by Sellalab focusing on efficiency and flexibility, with a dedicated loggia at the rear for each floor.
The last floor hosts a 270 sqm spacious terrace with an events room incorporated in closed and ancillary spaces.

The renovation has also involved the energy efficiency of the building: chosen materials, low-energy lighting and the quality of the interiors has made the Torre Sassetti suitable for the platinum-level LEED certification.
Text by Gabriele Masi.

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Copernico Martesana: well-being and business trends.

A dynamic hub where well-being and business trends are well balanced, a flexible, hybrid and multifunctional workplace, core of an urban renovation process. The simple internal design of Copernico Martesana in Milan follows the main trends and needs of the new ways of working, like the biophilic design of the Oxygen Room and the home-feeling given by the Loft Office.

The Copernico Platform for Smart Working is constantly growing; following the successful experiences of Copernico Centrale, ClubHouse Brera , the workplace in Turin, and many others, the 6.500 sqm of the thirteenth Copernico hub in the north-eastern part of Milan.
“With Copernico Martesana we want to put our focus on the wellbeing of each worker becoming, at the same time, actors in the new economic processes that lead to new business opportunity”, Pietro Martani, Copernico’s CEO, says. “We want to anticipate the ever-evolving market and workers needs”.

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Copernico Martesana is designed by the firm Studio DC10, mixing different and connected environments as offices, meeting space, lounge area.

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Interior design is inspired by “genius loci” and the building of the ’70s was transformed in a vibrant environment featured by a cool, industrial design.

The centre of the project is the main cafeteria, a hybrid and informal meeting space, designed together by Bunker, Torricelli Associati and Weltgebraus to foster the culture of communication and interaction.

08-Copernico Martesana-hub-wow-webmagazineStudio DC10 has, also, added two environments completely dedicated to the wellbeing of the people: the Oxygen room, a green area where workers can find some rest form the daily stress,  the Loft Office, a comfortable place giving the sense of home-feeling and cosiness and an Art Gallery.

For the interiors, a neutral and neat design was chosen in order to help communication and to create a homogeneous workplace.
“The innovative system Copernico is made by three dimensions: space, connection, culture“, Pietro Martani concludes. “Copernico Martesana wants to become a benchmark in the area”, transmitting his features to an urban redeveloping area.
Text by Gabriele Masi.

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The Copernico’s hub in Turin: a fertile ecosystem.

The historical L’Oreal headquarter in Turin is being turning into a new efficient coworking space designed as a fertile ecosystem, a dynamic system where sharing spaces and resources means shearing also experiences and ideas. The 12.000 sqm Copernico’s hub will be inaugurated this spring 2017, following the success of the Copernico Milano Centale project.

“We want to build an environment that creates the need of sharing experiences through a dynamic system, where ideas can be concretely realized”.
Pietro Martani, managing director of Copernico, introduces with these words the project of the last company’s coworking environment. Turin, best city in Europe for innovation, after Amsterdam, will host the ninth Copernico’s hub, a wide environment capable of satisfying all the need of the new ways of working with private and sharing working stations. A space to encouraging productivity, a good life-work balance, mobility and flexibility. A “fertile ecosystem” designed with a clear idea: a space, multifunctional and flexible, with a strong connection with city, that aim to be a model for a cultural transformation. This idea is gonna be represented on the ground floor from a café, designed to be a centre of connection, “a social floor” to encourage networking and the informal sharing of ideas.
Text by Gabriele Masi.
Pictures by Gabriele Zanon.

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The audience fascinated by the pianist Giulio Cassano @WOWConcert.

Round of applause for both replicas of WOW! Concert which were held on May 21 at #pianomi2016 @PianoCityMilano. The notes by Chopin and Skrjabin played by Giulio Cassano awaked the “genius loci” of the former Teatro delle Erbe, now turn into the exclusive membership Clubhouse Brera Copernico in Milan the perfect setting for the concerts.

WOW! Concert was organized by WOW! Webmagazine and sponsored by three companies focused on the issue of sound and acoustics: Caimi, Plantronics, Universal Selecta.

WOW! Concert also demonstrated how new ways of working can transform the places; not only simple workplace, but hybrid spaces for work-life balance, designed to meet and combine work and leisure, to enjoy the city and its cultural events.
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A former theatre becomes a workplace: Clubhouse Brera.

At the most exclusive Clubhouse Brera, former Teatro delle Erbe, you can work, meet and organize cultural events downtown Milan. An innovative concept, a sophisticated “Italian Style”ambience launched by Copernico. The “workspace” combined with a contemporary mood and Art Deco references marks the interior design by architect Laura Stecich.

“Clubhouse Brera suits the ongoing change in the labour market and the way business is done, over a coffee or a drink or while having a quick bite- said Pietro Martani, AD of Copernico “Where Things Happen”- we wanted this place to be special, a source of inspiration and perfect for those we want a refined environment”.

That’s the membership club (the first in Italy open to women’s entrepreneural activities): 500 high-profile members from the Finance, Real Estate, Art and Culture, Fashion and Design communities at most.
Interior design.
More than 1000 sqm on two floors: the bar area is smartly furnished in subdued colours suffused with light; furnished with a large communal table and small coffee tables with sofas and armchairs. The Art Deco counter calls to mind an open curtain and other “stage references” characterizes the interior design and the furniture “site specific” designed by Laura Stecich.

A small, glazed garden surrounds the second area, brighter and with a multi functional platform – the stage of the theatre- that can be subdivided into several meeting rooms by closing the red curtains.
Here you can work on a shelf facing the garden, on meeting tables, in the glazed phone booths. A hushed atmosphere is assured by the acoustic design and soundproofing materials.

Overlooking the garden, the upper floor features meeting rooms closed by glass partition walls (by Universal Selecta) and three office suites with cubicle and bathroom for managers wishing to relax after a journey.

Photos by Andrea Menin (1/2; 5/8; 13/16).



Copernico, a revolutionary spirit for the workplace.

A grand party sanctioned the official opening a few days ago, but Copernico Milano Centrale has been working at full capacity for several months and has already generated a most active network. 16.000 m2 of temporary offices and coworking with some dynamic ancillary areas and carried out with a reasonable budget. Along with the new space, the platform Copernico, created by Windows on Europe was also launched to meet the changes of new ways of working and smart working needs.The motto is Create, Contaminate, Connect.

The building Copernico Milano Centrale (owner Fondo Immobiliare Cimarosa – Generali Immobiliari Sgr) is in a strategic position close to Centrale railroad Station and was renovated by Studio DC10 to be changed into a place, that can aggregate the local most vital energies and trigger virtuous speeding-up processes of the company.
It was defined a “Concept Building”. 6 floors of plug&play workspaces with a “social floor”, the core of Copernico’s philosophy devoted to create relationships and synergies among the users: it is a flexible area for networking, relaxing, food and events.

“We can define Copernico as a vision rather than a workplace… it marks out a new sign on the European map of the workplace.” quoted Pietro Martani, creator of Copernico and CEO of Windows on Europe.
Rooms follow one another in a continuum of mixed spaces; areas with an industrial mood alternate with more conventional offices and domestic-like environments.

The Fil rouge of all areas is maximum flexibility to suit all kinds of circumstances and functions: handcrafted workshops, reconfigurable turn key conference room, a coworking area in the basement, a basic and informal place focused on acoustic comfort; the Theatre multimedia equipped; the Club, a loft equipped with vintage furnishing of the ‘50ties ( a must of the new start-up aesthetics) a gym and an agorà to share experiences.

The strong points are the “urban design style” Café with a terrace overlooking the park and the outside area, a 2000 m2 park for concerts, shooting or board meeting: in the city, a real privilege!

The sound absorbing “cocoons” and phone booths in the coworking areas are produced by Buzzi Space and supplied by Cardex, Milan.