CITY LIFE: A TOUR IN THE FUTURE OF MILAN
Milan, the city that looks to the future, the capital of finance, fashion and design, where you can breathe an international atmosphere, a city that runs fast and sprawls rapidly with its futuristic architectures that make it a real European city, can always surprise you, with its hidden corners of rare beauty as well as authentic and unique districts.
City Life: an itinerary to discover the new futuristic architectures in the former exhibition area.
The City Life masterplan started in 2007, when the old trade fair was moved to Rho-Pero, thus making a huge area available for redevelopment. It is therefore one of the largest renewal areas of the city, with a surface of 366,000 square meters.
Our itinerary begins with the evocative Four Seasons Fountain (i.e. Fontana Delle Quattro Stagioni), designed by the architect Renzo Gorla in 1927 for the inauguration of the old Trade Fair, thus showing one of Milan’s main features, i.e. a fusion of past, present and future.
Crossing the Elsa Morante Square, our itinerary continues in the residential area designed by the architects Libeskind and Hadid, a unique place, surrounded by greenery and designed according to the most modern constructive standards of energy optimization as well as environmental sustainability, thanks to the use of highly technogica and innovative materials.
Anyway, there are not only skyscrapers here, but you can also find the third biggest park of the city, with a pedestrian path, the largest of Milan and one of the largest in Europe, as well as cycle paths, leisure areas, play areas for children, available not only for the residents but also for the whoever wants to enojoy it.
So let’s get to the heart of the district, to admire some of the newest symbols of Milan, i.e. the so-called Three Towers: Il Dritto, the Straight one, Il Curvo, the Curved one, and Lo Storto, the twisted one. The first to be built was the Straight one, or the Isozaki Tower, named after the architect who designed it, the Japanese Arata Isozaki, together with the Italian architect Andrea Maffei; with its 207 meters of height it is the second tallest skyscraper in Italy, after the Unicredit Tower in the Porta Nuova district.
Then we find the Bent one, 177 meters high, the tower designed by Zaha Hadid (1950-2016), the Iraqui-British architect and designer, who also planned a part of the residential buildings.
And finally the Twisted one, still under construction, a project by Daniel Libeskind, which should reach the height of 175 meters.
Looking out onto Viale Cassiodoro, let’s admire some of charming villas and buildings in modern style dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, that perfectly match with the new contemporary architectures nearby. Here you can enjoy the view of the old sports hall belonging to the previous trade fair and called Palazzo delle Scintille, now used for exhibitions, concerts and endowed with an area for children.
Our itinerary continues to reach the MiCo, the largest convention center in Europe and one of the largest ones in the world. Designed by the architect Mario Bellini, it contains 70 conference rooms and is able to house up to 18,000 visitors. A futuristic structure that stands out for its sinuous silver cover, shaped like a “sail“, an ideal connection with the “sail” of the new Rho-Pero exhibition center, planned by Massimiliano Fuksas.
Together with the itinerary of the Porta Nuova district, this tour is the best way to appreciate the new skyline of Milan.
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