CityLife Milan_designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

CityLife: the new architectural project for Milan’s gateway

BIG unveils the design for the Portico that will complete the redevelopment of historic urban centre in former Milan Fair district

CityLife has recently presented a new futuristic project that will mark the completion phase of the redevelopment of a historic district in Milan: a large gateway to CityLife from Largo Domodossola.

Selected following an international competition between major design and architecture firms, the project was designed by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; a group of architects, designers and urban planners, based in Copenhagen, New York, London and Barcelona.

CityLife architectural project in Milan

CityLife Milan_Image by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

The architectural project that will complete CityLife

The project involves the construction of two buildings, joined by a roof with a portico that, framing the three existing towers without reaching their height, will define a new gateway to access CityLife from north, through an extensive green area that will deliver more liveability to the district.

A project that is also designed for people, creating an interconnection between private and public spaces. The roof will not simply be an element of structural connection between the two buildings but will define a covered public space enriched with urban furniture and green spaces.

Portico structure in Milan CityLife project by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

CityLife Milan_Image by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

The architectural intervention was designed to be permeable and fully integrated into the district, starting from the space and the existing context. The new CityLife gateway integrates with urban areas and existing roads, creating a continuum between the district and the rest of the city.

The new building will cover an area of 53.500 m², more than 200 meters long, with a characteristic portico structure that will have a width of 18 meters at its narrowest point.

Building floors are very bright thanks to the 3-meter-high ceilings that enable a large amount of natural light to come in, and a continuous transparent façade, facing both the city and two large private courtyards.

In the highest part, the building will be completed by cascading terraces used for multi-purpose spaces with a spectacular view.

CityLife Milan_Image by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Works are expected to start in 2021 and be completed in 2023 for the premise that is mainly intended for offices.

CityLife will thus become one of the main business districts in Europe, with a complex and balanced set of public and private functions between residences, offices, shops and lush greenery.

The “new urban centre” of Milan is taking place as a district characterized by sustainability, quality of life and services, one of the greatest examples of urban renewal and redevelopment in Italy.

citylife architectural project in Milan by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

CityLife Milan_Image by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

The CityLife project

CityLife is the redevelopment project of the former Milan Fiera District.

With a total area of ​​366.000 m², it is one of Europe’s largest urban areas that has buildings designed by prestigious architects, such as:

  • Zaha Hadid;
  • Arata Isozaki;
  • Daniel Libeskind.

The heart of the area is the innovative Business and Shopping District consisting of three towers and Piazza Tre Torri with quality shops, services, restaurants and entertainment overlooking the Park.

The whole area is characterized by a strong focus on sustainability and respect for the environment. The Residences are certified as Class A and mainly use renewable energy sources, while the three towers have already obtained the prestigious LEED pre-certification classifying at Gold level.

Furthermore, it is the largest pedestrian area in Milan, thanks to the choice of moving viability and underground parking lots. CityLife is a 100% subsidiary of Generali Group.

CityLife Milan_designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

CityLife Milan_Image by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

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