San Donato, a southeastern suburb of Milan, is a unique company town built, in the last 50 years, by a major oil company (ENI). The availability of large unused sites or areas in transformation, belonging to one single subject, led to an outstanding opportunity to readdress the town's layout and character. Developed, as part of the planning process and management, were a series of detailed masterplans for various clients, the SNAM Rete Gas Office Building being one.
The Italian gas company SNAM, in need of additional space for their San Donato headquarters, appointed One Works to design a new building. The scheme provides 6.000 m2 of new office space, distributed on three levels above ground and one underground, directly connected with the lower levels of the three existing buildings. The new L’ shape volume defines a central plaza, where pedestrian paths and green areas allow for complete permeability between the different parts of the office complex. A pleasant office atmosphere has been created for the interiors whilst saving energy; the façade is designed using light-diffusing insulating glass elements.