Citylife Milano in Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects

The skyline of the CityLifeMilano residential complex by Zaha Hadid Architects is defined and characterized by a sinuous fluid line. Residences are comprised of seven curved buildings of varying heights, from 5 to 13 floors.

The distinctive architectural elements include a serpentine movement of the curved balconies and the profile of the roofs, which provide a soft and elegant shape for all of the top-floor penthouses, complete with extensive covered terraces.

Construction of the residential complex began in august 2009, with delivery of the first apartments taking place in  2013. Great care was given to the site and building orientation, taking into account environmental and comfort requirements so that most apartments face south-east and at the same time allocate the best views from the terraces, towards the city or the public park.


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At ground level, the double-height lobbies are flooded with light by large openings stretching from floor to ceiling, designed to confer strong visual continuity with the park. Access to all stairwells is provided by main and service lifts. The underground parking areas lead directly to the individual buildings with easy, convenient and secure access.

Façade materials of fiber concrete panels and natural wood panels, emphasize the complex’s volumetric movement and at the same time give a private and domestic quality to the interior of the residential courtyard. The interiors open onto extensive terraces. All of the apartments feature structural and plant solutions that can be easily adapted to individual needs. Each of the homes is different from the others in terms of size, exposure and layout: from two- rooms to large family apartments and twin-level penthouses.

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Architects- Zaha Hadid Architects
Location- Milan, Italy
Project Manager- Gianluca Racana
Project Architect- Maurizio Meossi
Area- 38000.0 sqm
Project Year- 2013
Photographs- Simón Garcia
Structural project- Msc Associati, Milan (danilo campagna)
Systems- Hilson Moran Italia
Architectural Envelopes- Permasteelisa
Interior Lobbies- Bazea
Marble Floors- Bosisio
Wooden Floors- Antonini Legnani
Gardens- Peverell
Client- Citylife spa
Main Contractor- Tre Torri Contractor/City Contractor
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