Study: Eni Headquarters, Part 2

This article is part of a series of the Materials Platform's study of the Eni Headquarters in Milan, Italy. UNStudio prepared a design for the Eni Headquarters in 2011. In order to minimise the project's CO2 footprint for transportation, the project works with mobility both on an urban and local scale. With our mobility consultant (MIC) we envisioned and researched mobility at different scales: the urban, the local and the infrastructure needs for a LEED design. We proposed two scenarios.

Scenario One: At the urban scale, roads, highways, stations and other transportation possibilities have been analysed. Further on, the building has been optimised according to the analysis. At the local scale, the ease for public transportation is increased. The stations have been located within a distance of 400-600 m in order to make the accessibility to the public transportation as easy as possible. The new construction of the three roundabouts will improve the circulation of both vehicle roads and pedestrian path without compromising the permeability of vehicle flows. Each sector of the parking is designed to operate correctly both as unique and as dependent parking systems, each sector is in fact a compartment separate with its own entrance, while the circulation system allows the transfer between the three different sectors in ensuring normal operating conditions access to and exit from any entry point. The accesses are guaranteed by ramp systems to two-way traffic.

Scenario Two: Due to the high degree of access required to the sector through public service and reassurance from the envelope staging standard, scenario two proposes a substantial reduction of the basement parking by reducing the capacity from 650 cars to 325. Halving the amount of underground parking areas would significantly reduce the construction volumes, excavation and the relative movement of earth with consequences important in terms of cost and environmental impact.

UNStudio Team: Filippo Lodi, Frans van Vuure and Deepak Jawahar, Alicia Casals, Hans Kooij, Wendy van der Knijff, Marie Prunault, Machiel Wafelbakker, Patrik Noome, Xing Xiong


Sustainability, Urban, Facade, Structure, MEP, Acoustic, Fire, Food: ARUP, Milan, Italy
Landscape: !melk landscape architecture PC, New York
Mobility: MIC, Milan, Italy
BSM: Experientia, Turin, Italy
Culture-Historic: Dorothea Deschermeier, Mendrisio, Switzerland
Visualisation: MIR, Bergen, Norway