The first Italian City Pop is born

At 137 Viale Monza, Milan, Italy’s first City Pop is rising, a format of fully furnished micro-living flats for short- to medium-term rentals. The project, designed by Lombardini22 for the exteriors and by Artisa Architektur AG for the interiors, envisages the complete redevelopment of an old building of 15,000 square metres destined to house 260 micro-living, one- and two-room flats, as well as recreational and commercial spaces and parking spaces for tenants.
Work started last September and is scheduled for completion in September 2024.

The intervention by L22 Edu, the Lombardini22 business unit dedicated to Education and Student housing, carries out an overall redevelopment of the existing building complex, together with the construction of a five-storey addition, harmoniously welded with the existing volume.
The volumetric and architectural reconfiguration is also reflected in the façades: the intervention envisages larger windowed façades and outdoor spaces for all the residential units, with an alternation of solids and voids, loggias and opaque partitions. For the ground floor, clad in Ceppo di Gré, the commercial façade has been maintained with small and medium sales facilities.

On the ground floor there is an internal garden of 2,000 square metres, in which green areas alternate with paved areas conceived as “little squares”, with benches arranged to encourage tenants to gather together, while on the upper floors the roofs generated by the volumetric subtractions give life to the condominium terraces, true hanging gardens.
Particular attention was paid during the design phase to the environmental and energy requalification of the structures and systems.

Italy’s first City Pop will house 260 flats, designed in sizes ranging from studios of 28 square metres to two-room apartments of 33 square metres. The latter have a bathroom, storage room and a kitchen in the niche; an equipped wall separates the living area, with sofa and television, from the sleeping area, with double bed and wardrobe. Two different layouts have been designed for the studios: some have a linear development that segments them into three macro-areas (entrance/cloakroom where the bathroom is located; kitchen area with kitchenette and storage room; living/bedroom area with sofa bed), while in the others, after the entrance and bathroom, the different functions are developed in a single room.

Thanks to in-depth neuro-architectural studies, the square metres of each flat have been optimised to make the guests’ stay as comfortable as possible; the interior furnishings are clean and linear, with soft colours; the materials used are of high quality; great attention has been paid to lighting and to acoustic and hygrometric comfort.
In addition, all flats have a private outdoor space: those on the ground floor, in addition to having a loggia, overlook an 11 square metre garden, while those on the upper floors have a 3 square metre balcony.

The basement of the City Pop in Viale Monza includes a fitness room and a soundproofed music room, to offer tenants the opportunity to play their instruments in peace and quiet; on the ground floor, in addition to the bicycle storage and laundry room, there is a 250 square metre multi-purpose room, with large windows overlooking the internal garden and islands for coworking and cocooking, an 18-seat cinema room and a recreation area with a ping-pong table and table football. Finally, the first floor houses a room dedicated to meditation, with cushions, sofas, tatami and bamboo walls.
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Project: City Pop Milan
Studio: Lombardini22 + Artisa Architektur AG
Location: Milan, Italy
Year: 2024