30 March 2016

Milan City Life


City Life is a massive project of urban estate development that is currently under construction in Milan.
The project concerns a 225 thosand square metre area  in the former trade fair zone. With the launch of the new trade fair by Massimiliano Fuksas in the Rho Pero zone, the area became available. The Trade Fair Foundation held a competition for an urban refurbishment project that was won by City Life Society with an architectural project involving three major architects: Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki and Daniel Libeskind.

The architectural landmarks of the project are the three towers, each one signed by an archistar. Isozaki Tower, designed by Arata Isozaki with Andrea Maffei, will be 202 meters high with 50 floors, a central space dedicated to offices and shops, facilities and a restaurant at the top. Hadid Tower will be 170 meters high with 40 floors. Libeskind tower will be 150 meters high and will be devoted to offices or a hotel. The tower is a singular curved shape with the distribution unit contained in a vertical parallelepiped.

The great public parc foresees the blending of bicycle and pedestrian paths connecting other city districts. The competition for its design was won by famous British landscape architects Gustafson Porter together with Melk, One Works e Ove Arup with the title “A park between mountains and valley”

There are variuous residential areas facing the park with the most luxurious apartments already on sale. The Hadid residences consist of 7 differents buildings from 5 to 13 floors. Libeskind residences are made up of 8 buildings going from 4 to 13 floors.

Milano will finally have a contemporary art museum Mac signed Daniel Libeskind that will strengthen the city’s reputation as contemporary art capital: a project that began with the launch of  Triennale Design Museum and Museo del Novecento. The  building will have a square base evolving through torsion to a circular top. The exhibition surface will be 5000 square meters, 5 floors including one underground: from the square lobby to a circular terrace on the top

The city will also have a children’s museum that will be hosted in Palazzo delle Scintille, a former trade fair pavilion that will be renovated, although maintaining its most significant parts. It will be one of the greatest children’s cultural centres in Europe thanks to Muba foundation.

CityLife will be mostly a pedestrian zone; cars can be used only underground where there will be 7000 parking spaces available.