The redevelopment of Milan’s Dockyard, La Darsena, is one of the permanent legacies of the Expo Milan 2015 that has given the city back this historical and symbolic site. The project, developed by architects Edoardo Guazzoni, Paolo Rizzatto, Sandro Rossi and Studio Bodin & Associés, included restyling the ancient port and the area around it, with an investment of approximately 19 million euros. The operation involved renovating the banks of the waterfront with new pedestrian areas and a new dock for tourist boats, and redeveloping Piazza XXIV Maggio by pedestrianising part of it and adding new park areas.
For the paths and square, iGuzzini supplied a Multiwoody system, specially customized to meet the service company, A2A’s specifications, and recessed Balisage luminaires have been installed along the harbour banks to indicate the edge, especially in footpath areas. In the square, iPro floodlights have been used to produce direct lighting on the base and façade of Luigi Cagnola’s neoclassical monument, the Porta Ticinese or Ticinese Gate. New tree lined walks have been created on both sides of the dock, while on the western edge of the basin a garden has been developed that leads down to the water’s edge. The park is lit with iWay bollards fitted with special screens to meet A2A’s specifications and anti light pollution standards. To encourage the public to use and explore the area a new pedestrian and cycle bridge has been built between the north and south banks. This is reached via steps lit with special wall- recessed Comfort LED luminaires. The disabled access lifts, on the other hand, are lit with Woody luminaires.
The former site of the city market has been demolished and replaced by a new structure, built next to Viale D’Annunzio. This links the pedestrian areas along the harbour banks to Piazza XXIV Maggio, where a newly refurbished portion of the Corso del Ticinello road has also been reopened and enhanced. The new market is lit with recessed iRound and Linealuce Mini luminaires that create an attractive light scenario on the market’s lamellate structure on the side overlooking the harbour bank.
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