New Co-Working Space In Milan


Using drainage in an innovative way to uplift a forgotten industrial area and transform it into a functioning workspace. 


ULMA Architectural provides drainage solutions for a variety of applications and is known throughout the drainage industry for their high-quality and reliable products. To tell us more about ULMA trench drain systems, Irene has provided TDS a guest blog regarding one of these dependable items, the MultiV Drainage Channels.

Rainwater collected straight from the building’s facade.

Will this become a new trend?

Milan; the city of fashion par excellence, is undergoing a period of renewal and many of its districts have been given a face-lift, giving them a new lease of life.

This is what happened in this area, near to IULM University, which had fallen into neglect. The aim of this urban regeneration project was to turn a 1950s industrial space into an area where businesses are able to invest in innovation and tech development. 

This area, nicknamed The Sign, is attracting and welcoming companies into the community by offering new, flexible workspaces. The surrounding structures and green areas needed a duteous design, as you would expect in a city such as this. The ULMA drainage channel systems were part of this renovation. 

The new buildings have glass facades, without any conventional rainwater collection systems such as roof gutters. As a result, all of the water flows directly down, to then be drained via our channels, which are placed around the whole perimeter of the building. The drainage system is located right alongside the facade, as you can see in the images below.


MultiV channels, effective drainage

Since all of the water flows towards here, we have installed MULTIV channels, which are 200 mm (7.8″) in width. 

These channels have a specially designed V-shape to allow the water to drain quickly, thus increasing their hydraulic capacity. By draining the water more quickly, the self-cleaning effect of the channel is also improved, reducing the need for maintenance, as the water itself sweeps away any sediments that have accumulated in the channel during dry spells. To summarize, they were designed to effectively drain large amounts of water, despite being smaller.

Rapidlock® system, quick and safe

As well as being hydraulically efficient, the gratings of these channels are quick and easy to install, thanks to the ULMA Rapidlock® fastening system. With this system, installers do not need any tools to fix the grating to the channel. When pressed down onto the channel, they are attached at 8 different points along each linear meter. Due to this rapid installation process, you will reduce labor costs and save time, without compromising/reducing safety.

In total, we have installed 450 linear meters of the 200 mm (7.8″) wide MultiV channel and longitudinal slotted ductile iron gratings, arranged in an intelligent, effective way that is visually pleasing.

Milan leads the world in design and style; will perimeter drainage become a new trend? Only time will tell.

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