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Milanese Ice Factory and Ice Palace

5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

The long, compact frontages of the Open Care - Frigoriferi Milanesi buildings running along Via Piranesi are an integral part of this once peripheral quarter that sprung up in the late 19th - early 20th centuries and is now part of the city. The stolid Palazzo dei Frigoriferi was built in 1899 near the Porta Vittoria railway-shunting yard as a foodstuffs warehouse and ice-making factory. Later it also became a depot for works of art and furniture as well as a safe storage for banks and private individuals. The recent renovation follows in the footsteps of the building’s traditional usage with the creation of laboratories for the conservation and restoration of works of art. 5+1AA’s programme has turned the monolithic industrial building into a multi-purpose area. The last floor of Palazzo dei Frigoriferi has been redesigned to create a large public-functions space under the original...

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