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  7. In Progress: CityLife Milano / Zaha Hadid Architects

In Progress: CityLife Milano / Zaha Hadid Architects

In Progress: CityLife Milano / Zaha Hadid Architects
In Progress: CityLife Milano / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Zaha Hadid Architects, Courtesy of CityLife
© Zaha Hadid Architects, Courtesy of CityLife

CityLife Milano is an ambitious commercial and residential development on Milan's historic former trade fair grounds: the Fiera Milano. On the surface, over half of CityLife Milano will be covered with upwards of 168,000 square meters of landscaped parkland dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles. This lush, pedestrianized space will be centered around a grand new piazza - 'piazza delle tre torri' - shaped by a trio of towers and surrounded by a cluster of residences, all designed by three world-renowned architects. As previously mentioned, Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei has contributed the Isozaki Tower, which is planned to become the tallest skyscraper in Italy at 202 meters and built alongside the curved, 150 meter Libeskind Tower. To complete the triad, Zaha Hadid has designed a twisting, glazed tower, which will rise 170 meters into the skyline.

More on the Hadid Tower and surrounding development after the break...

In Progress: CityLife Milano / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Zaha Hadid Architects, Courtesy of CityLife
© Zaha Hadid Architects, Courtesy of CityLife

Born of the desire to move away from the concept of towers being 'technocratic engineering solutions' and embrace a strategy with more architectural input, Zaha Hadid's tower for CityLife Milan intends to investigate the dynamism and movement created by its position as the gateway to the Fiera Milano

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The structure will incorporate both office and retail space, whose commercial front will activate the piazza at the base of the tower. Rising upwards, the tower twists and its floor plates incrementally rotate around a central core so that its summit aligns with the geometry of the Hadid-designed CityLife housing development across the river.

© Zaha Hadid Architects, Courtesy of CityLife
© Zaha Hadid Architects, Courtesy of CityLife

Lateral loads will be resisted by the central core and vertical loads dealt with by a radial array of columns. The double leaf facade utilizes a combination of sun-deflecting louvers and ventilation registers to maintain a comfortable environment internally.

Courtesy of CityLife
Courtesy of CityLife

The Hadid-designed CityLife housing will be one of two residential developments on site, the other being a Libeskind creation. The Hadid residences consist of seven linear buildings wrapping around a courtyard, creating a sinuous urban skyline, which starts at five-stories and rises upwards to thirteen. The fibre cement and natural wood panels of the facade help to emphasize Hadid's notable fluid form, which are represented in the terraces and balconies.

© Zaha Hadid Architects, Courtesy of CityLife
© Zaha Hadid Architects, Courtesy of CityLife

Most of the apartments face south-east to exploit the sunlight and views from across the city and park. On the ground floor the double-height lobbies embody large openings and create strong visual continuity with the park.

© Zaha Hadid Architects, Courtesy of CityLife
© Zaha Hadid Architects, Courtesy of CityLife

The residents can expect to begin occuping their swanky apartments by the end of this year, whilest the towers are planned for completion in 2015.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Viale Duilio 5 20145 Milan, Province of Milan, Italy 02 862041
  • Design

    Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director

    Gianluca Racana
  • Project Architect

    Paolo Zilli
  • Design Team

    Andrea Balducci, Caste H. Goswin Rothenthal, Gianluca Barone, Marco Amoroso, Alvin Triestanto, Letizia Simoni, Subharthi Guha, Marina Martinez, Luis Miguel Samanez, Santiago F. Achury, Massimo Napoleoni, Massimiliano Piccinini, Annarita Papeschi, Martha Read, Carles S. Martinez, Arianna Russo, Giuseppe Morando, Peter McCarthy, Line Rahbek, Mario Mattia, Matteo Pierotti
  • Competition Team

    Simon Kim, Yael Brosilovski, Adriano De Gioannis, Graham Modlen, Karim Muallem, Daniel Li, Yang Jingwen, Tiago Correia, Ana Cajiao, Daniel Baerlecken, Judith Reitz
  • Consultants Management

    J&A/Ramboll
  • Tower Structural Engineer

    Redesco, Holzner & Bertagnolli, CAP
  • M&E

    Max Fordham + Manens-Tifs
  • Facade

    Arup
  • Lift's Strategy

    Jappsen
  • Fire Fighting Strategy

    Mistretta
  • Total Area - Hadid Tower

    122,700 sqm
  • Hadid Tower - Office Space Area

    67,000 sqm
  • Hadid Tower - Commercial Retail Area

    15,000 sqm
  • Hadid Tower - Commercial Parking, Storage, Plantrooms

    40,700 sqm
  • Total Area - Hadid Residences

    45,000 sqm
  • Hadid Residences - Commercial Retail Area

    25,000 sqm
  • Hadid Residences - Office Space Area

    65,000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Zaha Hadid Architects, Courtesy of CityLife, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects , Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Nicky Rackard. "In Progress: CityLife Milano / Zaha Hadid Architects" 01 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/338830/in-progress-citylife-milano-zaha-hadid-architects/>
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10 Comments

anto · March 27, 2014

Hi im study architecture in Ecuador and i need information about residense libeskimd of the city life project its for a university work and i cant find planes. If you could help me with ground floor planes, elevations or cuts Thanks for everything

dandonn · January 20, 2014

Watch out for the Aztec Death Rays. (See the walkie talkie in London)

Rory Stott · March 05, 2013

Libeskind's tower has a touch of Dali's melting clocks about it. I'm not sure if that's an implicit compliment. I think it could be if it is intentional, making it an artistic comment on the society that produces these towers- but being Libeskind I doubt it.

Andrei P. · March 05, 2013

I wonder whether that spherical curved facade is oriented to the north. Otherwise it would be fun to notice some burning people where the sun's rays concentrate.

bz · March 03, 2013

this deserves to be in Dubai, not Milan.

xing · March 02, 2013

This building is so good. It has such a good relation with surroundings. Generated from context, it is quite urban and harmonious. The building is so magnificent, not impotence at all.Congratulations Milano!

xing · March 04, 2013 10:17 PM

guys u don't understand sarcasm :(

J · March 03, 2013 05:56 AM

I hope you're being sarcastic...

post · March 02, 2013

Another twisting tower. I cannot believe this is happening. "Born of the desire to move away from the concept of towers being ‘technocratic engineering solutions’ and embrace a strategy with more architectural input". WTF does this mean? It a joke. Buildings are mostly technocratic engineering solutions, there are just very few people who can create compelling buildings from it. I wish she could articulate her ideas or come up with some credible approach to what she does like Eisenman or Van Berkel. Liebiskind's is even more alarming. This is garbage....

P · March 02, 2013

Horrid

Tyler · March 02, 2013

by progress I expected photos.... not that it would matter it's as bland as an SOM

Andrei P · March 02, 2013

looks so generic

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