In 2004 Perfetti van Melle, an important Italian corporation and one of the world’s leading chewing gum and candy manufacturers, decided to expand its first historical plant in Lainate, a few kilometres north of Milan.
The idea has been to build a new central warehouse for the stocking of all products made in this section, as well as to organize the management offices by concentrating them in a new office building.
The result is much more than a mere solution to a technical and functional problem: the new buildings have become the symbol of the company, identifying the brand not only with its products but also with its historical headquarters, which finally face the city they have always belonged to.
Forma presents this production facility, by way of a monograph in a bilingual edition, Italian/English through the texts of the architect Massimiliano Giberti, the images of Pietro Savorelli, and the technical drawings from Archea. Enriches the volume an introductory essay by the architect Philip Meuser, critic of architecture and author of many publications.