San Donato Milanese (Milan), February 11, 2013 – Tomorrow evening at 6:00 PM in the Sala Consiliare of the Municipality of San Donato Milanese (via Cesare Battisti, 2; free, admission on a first come first serve basis), as part of the “Un nuovo segno +‘ (A new sign +) exhibit organized by Eni, an even twill be held with Thom Mayne, founder of Morphosis Architects and head of the winning team of the international competition to build a new Eni business park in San Donato Milanese.
Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on January 19, 1944, Thom Mayne studied at Harvard, and in 1972 was one of the founders of the Southern California Institute of Architecture, SCI-ARC. He teaches at SCI-ARC and the University of California, and is head of the architectural firm Morphosis located in Santa Monica. In addition to the Gold Medal Prize 2013, an honor medal awarded by the American Institute of Architects, Thom Mayne received the Pritzker prize March 2005, the highest recognition in architecture. The purpose of the Pritzker prize is to honor one designer every year whose work shows a combination of talent, vision, and commitment, and who has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the environmentthrough the art of architecture.
Metanopoli is one of the most significant Italian examples of the concept of organic planning, as the "new sign" was designed in modern terms of landscape design. The transformative and fluid architecture of Morphosis Architects evokes this idea, reinterpreting and realizing it, so as to involve every one if its individual elements, embodying true landscape architecture. The new building will be added to the territory of San Donato, and will represent a new "new sign" for the territory of Metanopoli compared with the already existing landmarks that currently distinguish the location.
In Mayne's project, man and the community are at the core: the square becomes the symbolic and functional heart of the new building, while the towers at different angles lose their points of reference, creating architecture with a predominantly horizontal and accessible dimension. The buildings will not be skyscrapers, but four towers with no right angles, at most 45 meters tall, which grow horizontally and adjoin each other.
The presentation of the new business park offers the chance for an event, and to learn more about the new trends in contemporary architecture to reaffirm Eni's commitment to innovation and culture.