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The most sustainable and technologically advanced Italian hub of DHL Express

Progetto CMR

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Progetto CMR
Progetto CMR carried out the project for the new Italian hub of DHL Express Italy in Malpensa Cargo City. The company's new operational facility is its fourth in Europe, and is the most sustainable and technologically advanced, entirely designed using BIM and completed in three years. The entire project has been designed on the basis of criteria of environmental and social sustainability.

The technologically advanced facility is capable of handling 37 flights every day and more than 38,000 items per hour; the Malpensa Hub represents a gateway to world markets for businesses in Lombardy and elsewhere in Italy. With an investment of 110 million euros, Malpensa represents one third of DHL Express Italy's investments in Italy. The new facility is the company’s fourth hub in Europe, after Leipzig, East Midlands in the UK and Brussels, and was built in full compliance with the latest guidelines of the Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL) for new constructions, inspired by sustainability, safety and efficiency. The plant already employs 900 people, including both direct and indirect workers, and during peak periods this figure rises by a further 10%.

Located in the southern part of the airport, the new DHL hub is a 22,000 sqm T-shaped structure containing both the company’s logistics hub and a number of office areas. The two functions are distinguished on the outside of the building by the use of corporate colours on the walls: red and grey for the offices, yellow and grey for the logistics areas (Core Body, Finger and Pud Finger).
Another characteristic element of the project is the presence of the Connector: a space where floor-to-ceiling windows ensure visual continuity between the office building and the warehouse ("Core Body"), while creating a sort of "agora" furnished for breaks from work.
The Office Building measures 7,100 sqm on four levels above ground, with a panoramic rooftop for receiving guests and guaranteeing an outstanding customer experience. Adjacent to the office building is a 11,900 sqm warehouse, a space intended for the air-side/land-side handling and management of goods.
Next to the warehouse is the Finger, a two-storey 4,630 square-metre building designed specifically for handling and storage of goods on trucks. Branching out from the Finger are the PUD Fingers, 3 single-storey buildings (totalling 1,200 sqm) for handling goods transported by van.
Next to the main hub, an 800-square-metre area contains workshops for the repair of ramp vehicles, which are separate from the warehouse and compartmentalised to ensure fire prevention, and accessible only from the air-side area .

Of the various solutions adopted, the feature that gives the project its character is use of triple chamber polycarbonate for the building’s outer shell, a lightweight material which lets daylight into the building while providing excellent thermal insulation. The material is translucent by day, in the sunlight, making the building’s façades shine and naturally lighting its interior. At night, artificial light from inside the building filtered through the polycarbonate honeycombs makes the building look alive and clearly visible, like a giant lantern.
All systems are designed to ensure a high level of reliability, safe maintenance, flexibility and modularity, with great practicality and comfort for users as well as maximum energy efficiency. An electronic supervision system maximises and optimises functional aspects of the building pertaining to safety, energy efficiency, productivity, flexibility, integration and rationalisation of services and the best use of space by the building’s various users.
The solution envisaged by the project therefore consists of a control system permitting management of the fire detection system, the environmental control system, the lighting control systems, including emergency lighting, and the electrical system from a single location.


 Malpensa, Lombardy, Milan
 DHL Express Italy s.r.l.
 22000 mq
 Progetto CMR - Massimo Roj Architects
 Andrea Dalla Valle, Alessandro Cappelletti, Mirella Chiarito, Daniele Brembilla, Chiara Tavilla
 Itinera S.p.a.
 Sinergo S.p.a.
 Moretti (prefabbricati), Metra (facciate vetrate e serramenti)
 Andrea Martiradonna


Progetto CMR is an integrated design company, founded in 1994 and specializing in architecture, engineering and design. Heading the Group of the same name, which has several companies ranging from the design of offices and sports facilities to digitalization and BIM, Progetto CMR employs more than 200 professionals, including architects, engineers, space planning experts, project managers, designers , experts in environmental certifications. The integration of skills is the heart of the company's activities: to provide the market with multidisciplinary solutions to environmental and social challenges, the team collaborates on a permanent basis with different professionals, including experts in behavioral sciences, neuroscience, occupational medicine and universities.
Progetto CMR has its headquarters in Milan and has offices in Rome, Athens, Beijing, Hanoi, Istanbul, Jakarta, Moscow, Tianjin.
The company is also a founding partner of EAN - European Architect Network


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