The Japanese firm SANAA – Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa – has been commissioned to build a campus for the Italian supermarket chain Esselunga. The site is is an abandoned industrial zone in Limito di Pioltello (Milan), where the company’s administrative headquarters and one of its leading logistics and manufacturing centers are located. The company already has a tradition of collaborating with renowned architects, having buildings designed by Gio Ponti, Ignazio Gardella, and Renzo Piano.
This 9,600-square-meter, two-level building harbors a broad program that includes a gym, sport facilities, a daycare center, a multipurpose space, a medical facility, and a historical archive of Esselunga. Under a roof perforated to incorporate vegetation and let light in, indoor and outdoor spaces alternate, with the color white and curved glass facades predominating.