THE GLASS CHURCH, BARANZATE, MILAN

The S.Maria della Misericordia Church, located in Baranzate in the Milan province, represents a building of religious and social importance and a modern work of art in the town’s history that is still today object of study by architects and designers.
The restoration of Nostra Signora della Misericordia Church in Baranzate, called The Glass Church, had the purpose of restoring its original aspect, adapting the building to the required needs and comforts, with reference to the building that Cardinal Montini consecrated on the 7th of November 1958 and that was designed by the architects Mangiarotti, Morassuti and Favini.
This project was the rewriting of the same work: what was left by the original building has created in this work the unavoidable thread to go along once again.
Inside the church’s global restoration there was the renovation of the metal structures and of the glass façades.
The metal structure of the walls
In the analysis made by the SBG designers, many problems have been met which have implied important changes to the restoration project, also thanks to the cooperation and the proposals made by Progetto Arte Poli during the works, as to give a suitable and concrete solution to every problem.
On the metal structure too, which wanted to maintain the original aesthetic principles, a particular study has been carried out that had to guarantee the respect of the current regulations under all aspects: anti-seismic, structural-architectural, thermal insulation and sound proofing.
In order that the structure would ensure the durability and reproduce simultaneously the "aluminium" visual effect of the coating used to cover the old iron deteriorated frame, a complex framework made of blasted and painted stainless has been designed. This important change in the material has implied numerous studies to maintain the architectural dimensional measures of the original project and to determine the new fixing systems to the perimetric structure respecting the current regulations.
The glass panels
As per the glass panels the purpose was to reach the original effect using an external striped glass and an internal polystyrene panel, to which we needed to add performance characteristics both thermic, aesthetic than the durability required by the clients. After a long and particular research we have arrived to a solution that provides for a triple double-glazing with four glasses of composition and with different characteristics whose combined parts allow to obtain the desired effect without using perishable films.

Brochure work

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