On Thursday 10th October our two-days architecture educational tour in Milan during Brera Design Days 2019, will end with the visit of the global architecture firm Design International.  

Founded in 1965 in Toronto, Design International quickly built a reputation for truly innovative design, particularly in retail architecture. Indeed, the practice pioneered many design features that have since become industry benchmarks. These include the use of glazed roofs to create covered “streets” that are flooded with daylight (Bugis Junction, Singapore) and creating the first mall that integrated retail and entertainment in one centre (Coco Walk, Florida).

Design International Brera Design Days 2019

Design International Office

Design International, now headquartered in London, has offices in Milan, since 2006, and Shanghai and opened its newest office in Dubai’s Design District (d3) in early 2018. The Milan office we are going to visit, has recently relocated to new premises in the Bicocca district of the city. Here, on the site of former Breda and Pirelli works, the DI Campus is being developed, to promote the exchange of ideas and know-how with the next generation of designers.

Design International Brera Design Days 2019

“Secret garden”

Design International is driven by a philosophy that seeks to shape local stories to provide unique experiences for every visitor, the practice continues to push the boundaries of retail architecture. In recent years, it has created many award-winning designs, including Morocco Mall in Casablanca, which challenged convention by placing the retail anchors at the centre of the mall; and Il Centro in Arese, Italy, with its reimagining of the market square to attract and engage visitors.

Design International panoramic rooftop

On Thursday 10th October 2019 we are goin to visit other main architecture firms in Milan such as Piuarch and Tectoo.

The educational tour is free thanks to our valuable partner Novamobili, one of Italy’s leading manufacturers in the production of furniture and systems, capable of creating elegant, comfortable home interiors, where modular systems are designed to bring together function and aesthetics. Novamobili strives to meet the demands of contemporary lifestyles with its range of clean-lined designs and extensive choice of finishes, stemming from research into materials and texture and its application to interiors.

*Only 15 lucky participants will be selected to join this free tours and contacted by the organisation with a “on board” e-mail and the request to join the Whatsapp group, the details of the program and the meeting points.