Inaugurated in 2010, ComoNExT – Innovation Hub is a project launched by the Como Chamber of Commerce to promote the growth and competitiveness of local businesses through a culture of innovation.
ComoNExT is located in Lomazzo, in the former cotton farm Somaini, a 19th-century cotton mill of great historical and architectural significance. The mill’s conversion highlights the determination to regenerate this industrial site and the surrounding area. A century-old historical symbol, this icon of local manufacturing development and tradition lies in the triangle formed by upper Milan, lower Varese and the Brianza district, at the heart of the development and growth of the Italian textile industry.
The restoration project has been designed by Arch. Ado Franchini, Professor of Design at Politecnico di Milano, and consists of three blocks.
The first block, counting for 12.000 sqm, hosts 70 between offices and laboratories and was completed in May 2010. The second block, hosts the business incubator and the co-working area with 88 open-space workstations and it was completed in November 2013 and brought the restored surface to 14.000,00 sqm.
The completion of the third lot led to a total coverage of approximately 21,000 sm in June 2018.