Milan | Cascina Merlata – Merlata Bloom inaugurated and opened

And here we are, after years of waiting and then construction work, today the building was inaugurated and opened to the public Merlata Bloom Milan, the new shopping center in Milan. So finally this piece of Cascina Merlata it completes a corner and fills a lack of shops which had now become a problem for the thousands of inhabitants who had chosen to live in the new neighborhood of Cascina Merlatanow urbanistically consolidated with the Uptown and Città Contemporanea complexes, but also many others scattered in the old territory of the ancient farmhouse.

A latest generation shopping center that combines iconic architectural design, environmental sustainability and public usability.

Il Merlata Bloom Milan it is the first urban shopping center with 70 thousand square meters of retail that looks at an innovative mix of functions. In fact, there will be 210 commercial spaces including 43 innovative Food & Beverage concepts, a multiplex cinema and two important anchors such as Esselunga (5,900 m2) and Decathlon, which will bring offices and two storeys here, but also services including Dental Pro and the Juneco beauty clinic. Among the premium brands that have chosen to open a store here there are, for example, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Napapijri, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, North Sails and Under Armour.

The construction site began in the midst of the pandemic, having to deal first with Covid and then with the consequences of the war in Ukraine, including the increase in the price of raw materials. But as Marco Balducci, general director of Nhood, told Il Sole 24 Ore: «a complex that looks to the future has been created, with a product mix that sees a strong decrease in fast retail, today at 30% compared to an average by 50%, to rebalance the composition between services, fashion and catering”.

The shopping and entertainment complex, for which an average of 35% recycled materials were used during construction, aims to have Breeam certification. Covered by 5 thousand m2 of photovoltaic panels, the building boasts a high degree of energy efficiency, so much so that the asset will consume 24% less than the nZEB standard and will be completely gas-free thanks to the connection to the A2A district heating network in Milan West, while geothermal wells for heat pumps will cool the building in summer. «Thanks to all these elements, the building manages to avoid a high amount of CO2 emissions. In fact, it is estimated that around 9,400 tonnes of CO2 will be saved between now and 2050 compared to the limits imposed by the 2015 Paris Agreement, and the ownership is working on even more ambitious objectives”, say the company. The project sought to minimize the environmental impact of the development with the use of glass and wood and to reduce water consumption also thanks to the presence of a roof surface of over 5,000 m2 which will allow rainwater to be collected and reused.

Merlata Bloom Milanin addition to serving the inhabitants of the new Merlata district – around 7 thousand (2,500 families) -, it will certainly also include the basin of the historic Gallaratese district, but also nearby Rho and beyond, up to over 3.6 million possible clients.

The building was designed by CallisonRTKL (CRTKL), while the municipal and executive project was carried out by Rossetti Engineering, a company that is part of the ImmobiliarEuropea group. While more than 3 thousand workers were employed in the construction phases. At full capacity, Merlata Bloom Milano will have a significant positive economic impact on the local community, starting from the employment forecasts which, between direct and indirect collaborators, will lead to approximately 2 thousand new jobs.

We really liked the impact in person, welcoming and well structured. Even if we are not fans of shopping centers, this building which also acts as a “barrier” between the highway and the residences, we believe that it will become a focal point for the life of the neighborhood and beyond, given that it will be connected with the future neighborhood of Mind a Roseriothe one under construction where Expo 2015 took place and where the Galeazzi hospital is located.

Furthermore, the walkways already present will quickly connect the shopping center to Mind (but open to passage no earlier than two years) and also with the planned new railway station of Merlata-Mind.

Image credits: Roberto Arsuffi; Claudio Nelli, Marco Montella, Francesco Langulilli for Milano Panoramica

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