The design of the Foundation Terrace is conceived as a “folded plane” plugged into the existing outdoor space. The intention is to transform the current terrace by means of just one single element. The addition generates new relations. The “folded plane” is an independent space, still it directly connects the spaces of the Foundation.
The free area is maximized, which allows to activate the space in different ways, therefore generating multiple scenarios. The continuous surface folds create a canopy. Its presence forms three different environments that are continuous but show distinct features: patio, canopy and stage.
The patio is accessible by means of a big window, whose opening allows to unify the spaces and to use them as a continuum.
In summer the canopy provides a sheltered area, while in winter the same area can be closed with curtains, so forming a protected space directly connected with the indoor.
The stage – i.e. the architectural element closest to the façade – is characterized by a space placed at +1.20m height, and connected to the ground by steps. Those are used as fixed seats and lead to a privileged space where people can look at the outside and can be seen from the street as if they were on a stage. The stage looks both onto the terrace and to the public square.
Multiple points of views and multiple uses of the space transform the terrace into a meeting place related to the city.
Status: Invited Competition, 2011, 1st Prizeund
Location: Milano, Italy
Architect: MAR office
Team: Renato Juarez Corso, Paola Mongiu
Terrace Program: doppiozero