The Milan-based large-scale project “CityLife” combines living, working, shopping, green spaces and public areas in one complete ensemble – a remarkable feat of architecture and town planning which also had the goal of upscaling the district near the old exhibition centre from the very beginning. The office towers designed by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Arata Isozaki are already considered to be new landmarks of the Italian metropolis.
Residential complex citylife, Milano/it
At the centre of the 366,000 m2 plot, the three office skyscrapers are grouped around a public square which is connected to the underground network via the new “Tre Torri” (Three Towers) station. This is also where the shopping centre with restaurants, bars, a concert hall and an open air promenade can be found. An important aspect for the development of the masterplan were the generously proportioned outside areas. Traffic has been relegated entirely to tunnels and underground car parks, making CityLife the third-largest public park in Milan's city centre after Parco Sempione and Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli. The residences designed by Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind in the southern section of the plot also set new standards. Both designs offer customised, luxurious living spaces from small apartments through to two-storey penthouses. Ample terraces, light and airy lobbies, state-of-the-art fitness suites and an around-the-clock concierge service elevate urban living to a new level. The architecture of the apartment blocks is also tailored to this requirement. Zaha Hadid's elegant façade design emphasises the flowing shapes of the seven meandering building structures which vary in height. The building envelopes consist of countless different-sized metal panels interspersed with areas of natural wood. Schüco Italia developed a range of customised products for the façades which not only made the futuristic architecture possible but were also tailored to the high technical requirements, such as protection from heavy precipitation and gusts of wind on the top floors. Alongside modifications to the FW 60+ Façade System, Schüco supplied special versions of the highly insulated AWS 75 Window Profile and the ASS 50 Sliding and Lift-and-Slide System. The five asymmetric buildings by Daniel Libeskind also stand out due to their dynamic façade design. Light grey stoneware, wood shading units and glass areas fit together in a rhythmical interplay between form and material. For the construction, Schüco designed special products from the Schüco AWS 70 Aluminium Window System and the Schüco ASS 50 Sliding Door System. CityLife combines a sophisticated lifestyle with ecology and sustainability. Designed to have zero emissions, the district runs exclusively on renewable energies and has a focus on energy-saving heating and cooling systems. The residences have been awarded CENED Class A+.