Milano Contemporanea
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Porta Nuova District – 2010-2015
The Porta Nuova area, abandoned for over 50 years, is now one of the largest construction sites all over Europe and is fulfilling the historical business district of Milan with new tertiary buildings, luxury residences, commercial and cultural spaces, for a global area of about 350,000 sqm. The project developed by Hines is divided into three areas (Garibaldi, Varesine and Isola) which are connected by large central public park called The Library of the Trees.

Projects by: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Kohn Perdersen Fox; Boeri Studio; Piuarch, Arquitectonica; M2P Associati; Inside/Outside; LAND Milano.


Bosco Verticale – Boeri Studio, 2014
The Bosco Verticale in Milan is a biological construction, which is in contrast with the technological approach of most of the contemporary buildings, in response to the issue of environmental sustainability. The project built at Porta Nuova consists of two residential towers 80-meters and 112-meters high, on which there are 900 trees. The buildings are clad with black panels, creating a neutral background stands to highlight the colors of the vegetation. White frosted glass panels on the balconies further articulate the façade.The Bosco Verticale won the “International Highrise Award” as the better tower of 2014.
Projects by: Boeri Studio


City Life – 2010-2018
In a park of 160.000 square meters is growing the new project of City Life designed by Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki and Daniel Libeskind. The area, in the site where there was the old fair, will be characterized by the presence of three skyscrapers, a museum, and residential blocks designed for a new way to live in the city; the Isozaki Tower is now the highest skyscreaper in Italy. The connection with the highways and the metro lines, the big park, the high quality of the buildings, will transform this area in one of the most attractive district of Milan.

Projects by: Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki, Daniel Libeskind


Portello District - 2002-2016
Alfa Romeo former industrial area now stands a new neighborhood, built on an urban design project by Studio Valle. Work began in 2002 and three years later opened the shopping precinct and the first residential buildings.
Conceived as an Italian style district is characterized by its public spaces open to the neighbourhood. The new park connects the area with the modern district of QT8.

Projects by: Studio Valle Architetti Associati; Cino Zucchi Architetti; Canali Associati; Charles Jencks, Andreas Kipar / LAND Milano.



Social housing in via Cenni – Fabrizio Rossi Prodi, 2014
The project, a result of a design competition, is compose by four bodies consisting of a volume of two floors and a tower of eight floors define a sort of inner courtyard, entirely pedestrian. The open spaces, as well as the links between buildings, are a constant mediation between different levels of usability, from the most public, such as the basketball court or the children playground, to more private ones, that represent the heart of the project. The project is the largest European project built with load bearing timber structures in X-lam.

Projects by: Rossi Prodi


Il Sole 24 Ore Headquarters – Renzo Piano, RPBW
The new headquarters of the main Italian editorial group of economics and financial news, have been realized on the area once occupied by an old industrial settlement according to the project designed by Renzo Piano. The results is an example of reuse able to combine the existing structures with new technological elements, tipical of Piano's style. In the middle of the court an high tech hill includes the parking area, an auditorium, the canteen and other services.

Projects by: Renzo Piano Building Workshop



New building Università Bocconi – Grafton Architects, 2007
The new home room and the departments offices designed by the Irish studio Grafton Architects, which won the international competition launched in 2001 and have been realized between 2004 and 2007, complete the university campus approaching the historical buildings by Giuseppe Pagano, Giovanni Muzio and Ignazio Gardella. The project is based on a Megasructures suspended over a new collective spaces. The building, used for offices, classrooms and an auditorium, is covered in concrete and Ceppo, a typical milanese style natural stone.

Projects by: Grafton Architects


Assago Milanofiori Masterplan - Erik Van Egeraat 2008-20013
The new area of Assago Milanofiori is based on the Masterplan of the Dutch Architect Erik Van Egeraat. Located close the Highway and connected to the city center with the Metro Line it includes offices, residential buildings, hotels, shopping malls, retail and facilities, set in the green and connected by a new elevated pedestrian platform.

Projects by: Erik Van Egeraat, Cino Zucchi, OBR, Park Associati. 5+1 Architetti Associati, ADBA.