Located in San Donato Milan, the design for the LEED platinum global headquarters of ENI was done in a collaborative effort between UNStudio (building design) and !melk (landscape architecture).
The landscape forms a dialogue with the history and future of San Donato, as well as with the architectural framework and the remaining structures from Enrico Mattei’s original ENI community. A network of open spaces provide outdoor amenities for the users, but will also serve the surrounding neighborhood in terms of program and identity. The landscaped areas of ENI Milan, will feature native and adapted (regional) botanic species, it will provide for a site wide ecology, and it will connect with the neighborhood green.
The landscape design can be subdivided into two categories: the outer and the inner landscape. The outer landscape forms a soft natural setting for the building, and consists of 5 different “foregrounds” to complement the architecture of the building, each comprised of strong landscape-patterns, with geometries complementing the strong architectural form of the building. While the zones are conceived as distinct from one another in form and function, they are also interconnected and similar with consistency in color, material use and vegetation.
The inner landscapes of the project is formed by 5 inner gardens accessible to the public. The design of the first three Atrium-gardens is inspired by the aquatic regions of the world (Pacific/Atlantic, Polar , and Equatorial). Each of these interior gardens has a level of informative/educational content embedded into the design, all with one main element: water. The two gardens that are open to the sky represent the local and national operations of ENI. The smallest of the two is located in the middle of the visitor’s center and is colorful and animated with elements that represent the fields of the region. The second, larger garden will become a spectacular moss and fern garden. This garden will provide a beautiful picturesque amenity for the people that work in the building as well as for their many visitors.