Didactical Activities

LABORATORIO DI METAPROGETTO sez. I2 – Bachelor in Interior Design

October 2016 – February 2017
School of design – Politecnico di Milano
Proff. Francesco Scullica, Elena Elgani
With arch. Barbara Bisconcini San Cristoforo, Marco De Allegri, Alberto Zanetta

Areas of intervention
SPAZIO MIL: industrial area, cultural and exhibition space;
MARCONI STREET: abandoned commercial spaces;
DIAMOND TOWER: building in the business district.

Analysis of the urban context, trends ,target audience, swot analysis, design concept and development

Macro category- millennials and nomad worker. Study on users’ behaviors, needs, lifestyles and interests

Concept – innovative elements:
_crossway between areas that can generate new proposals in the social innovation sector (socio-cultural space for migrants, university hub, cultural spaces associated to specific artistic experiences as a street art);
_ dynamics of sharing;
_adherence to the branding and co-branding, already exhisting in the hospitality industry, but with the possibility of developing new formats (Lonley Planet, Nespresso, Hermes, Samsung, …).

Application of adaptive reuse strategies of existing buildings, construction techniques of a “interior within interior”, in the existing intervention and margins of the buildings.
Attention to aspects of comfort, materials and finishes.



20 > 24 February 2017
HEAD, Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design, Genève – semaine de tous les possibles

Led by:
Anne-Laure Gestering – HEAD
Francesco Scullica – Design. Dept. – Politecnico di Milano
Elena Elgani – Design. Dept. – Politecnico di Milano

This workshop is the result of a collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano (School of Design). During the week, HEAD students worked with collegues and speakers of the Politecnico on the design of small hybrid work / leisure units. The project is directly linked to the research project currently being carried out by the Design Department of the Politecnico called “Living, working and living: Interior design for new scenarios between work and hospitality field”. The students worked in groups on the analysis of new hybrid spaces for work and housing addressed to “nomadic workers”, also known as “knowledge workers”: temporary residents of cities and their spaces, who attend activities primarily related to their profession, but also to culture, recreation and consumption. Students were asked to design Workspheres in the city of Geneva, small habitats adapted to work activities (meetings, web conferences, brainstorming) and rest (small break, all night). Workspheres are designed for one or more users, to be used when it is not possible to access a traditional co-working space, a business lounge or a hotel.