This Martial Arts and Yoga center finds its home in a reconverted industrial building located in a suburban neighborhood of Milan.

AXD’s reconversion project gathers three main fundamentals: natural light, natural ventilation and solar energy, thus being related to both sustainable architectural purposes and to a close spiritual relation with natural environment, proper to the eastern disciplines.

The presence of extended translucent surfaces and openable skylights carry out a dual function: filtering natural diffuse light while allowing natural air to flow from the back courtyard to the main training room.
In addition, the balanced combination of natural materials such as wood and bamboo with textured fair-faced concrete and industrial brick walls contributes to create an inspiring environment.

Supporting the owner’s idea of conviviality and sociability, the design program, which includes a wide welcoming entrance, a partially shaded patio and a pleasant coffee area, focuses on making this Martial Arts center an inviting and warming place.



  • Year: 2014 - 2015
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Status: Completed
  • Area: Gross area 750 sqm
  • Value: Confidential
  • Client: Private