Designed by Piero Portaluppi, Villa Necchi Campiglio is an iconic example of 1930s architecture in the heart of Milan, and is now managed by the FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano. The architectural design for the tennis pavilion is the result of collaboration between the FAI and Piero Castellini Baldissera with Massimo Curzi. The integrated technical designs are by WiP. The construction solution was developed and made by Thema, working in conjunction with Schüco Italia and Nessi & Majocchi. Thema created the pavilion – with a custom-built fully glazed façade and roof – using a supporting structure in steel with large-sized windows. This work has given new life and a new function to this area, which is now home to a new, multi-purpose space.
Particular focus was dedicated to energy performance to guarantee a sustainable, comfortable construction. Glass with low transmittance values was used to guarantee better heat insulation, while openings were included in the top section of the structure to allow natural ventilation in summer, as well as a mobile shading system. The design project was inspired by a need for simplicity and lightness, including a full glazed extrados to conceal the metal elements of the supporting structure and the glazed side doors with alternate openings. The pavilion blends harmoniously into its natural and architectural surroundings, establishing an understated relationship with the villa and the cafeteria.