Evelyn Lee

McDonough + Partners' Groundbreaking Isola Office

by , 08/07/08

McDonough + Partners, Cradle to Cradle, USGBC LEED, LEED Gold Certification, Isola Office Building, Porta Nuova, Milan

Sustainable design greats McDonough + Partners will soon be bringing Cradle to Cradle thinking to a city often known first for its fashion: Milan, Italy. Their Isola Office building will be aiming for LEED Gold with a variety of sustainable building strategies including solar and geothermal energy, advanced insulation panels, solar shading, and a high-efficiency climate control system. The structure will be part of the Porta Nuova redevelopment, which will introduce 340,000 square meters of housing, community, commercial and government buildings within Milan’s center – it’s practically a city within a city!



As an office building situated in a residential zone, the 10-story 8,600 square meter Isola building had to accommodate a variety of site constraints, including being re-adaptable as housing units. Working within these tight parameters McDonough + Partners were still able to incorporate a variety of sustainable features.

The Isola office building takes advantage of renewable energy via photovoltaics in addition to ground-source thermal capture. It also features insulation panels composed of of glass, metal, and terracotta that not only provide for a high-performance building envelope, but also allow for operable windows in every office.

Mcdonough’s new office will be sharing the spotlight with buildings by 24 other architecture firms including Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Continuously leading the sustainable movement, McDonough + Partners contribution to the Isola section of Porta Nuova will break ground as a pilot project for LEED certification of large urban redevelopment projects.

+ McDonough + Partners

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3 Comments

  1. West Coast Green 2010 i... September 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    [...] We’re looking forward to a great program this year including talks by Inhabitat favorites William McDonough, Michelle Kaufmann, and Van Jones, eye-opening workshops, and over 300 cutting-edge exhibitors. It [...]

  2. West Coast Green 2010 K... September 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    [...] environment. We’re looking forward to an exciting lineup of offerings including talks by William McDonough and Michelle Kaufmann, an incredible exhibition of innovative green products, and of course, the [...]

  3. kmorris August 8, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Where\’s the source for this?! I\’d like to read the original source, as well as see the full size photos!

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