Fluidity In Form

Fluidity In Form

Project : City Life Milano Residential Complex, Milan, Italy

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects, London, UK

The residential plot is composed of seven linear buildings set along a continuous path around two land areas: Rc1, which includes buildings C1-C2-C3 and Rc2 with buildings C4-C5-C6-C7. The land areas are divided by a strip of public park. The buildings can accommodate up to 230 luxury apartments with common facilities. The skyline of the residential complex is defined and characterized by a sinuous fluid line.

The roof outline rises continuously from building to building, starting from the five-storey C2 building facing the Piazza Giulio Cesare. It reaches its maximum height at the building C6 13th floor, thus ideally setting a unified and unique skyline. Great care has been given to site and buildings orientation, taking into account the 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.

The façade design involves continuity and fluidity: the volumetric envelope of the buildings is defined by a curvilinear movement of balconies and terraces, opening up into a rich variety of private spaces, both interior and exterior, echoing the landscape below. The façade materials – fiber concrete panels and natural wood panels – emphasize this complex volumetric movement and at the same time give a private and ‘domestic’ quality to the interior of the residential courtyard.

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. Although great consideration has been given to the ground floor design and morphology, the project is formally defined mainly by the roof profile and the intense urban horizon it generates. This strategy was determined by the awareness of forthcoming towers looking upon the residential roofs and by the strong will to engender, within the inner courtyard, a completely new residential landscape, reassuring yet dynamic.

Fact File

Client: City Life Consortium

Project Director: Gianluca Racana

Project Architect: Maurizio Meossi

Design team: Vincenzo Barilari, Cristina Capanna, Giacomo Sanna, Paola Bettinsoli, Gianluca Bilotta, Fabio Ceci, Veronica Erspamer, Arianna Francioni, Stefano Iacopini, Mario Mattia, Serena Pietrantonj, Florindo Ricciuti, Giulia Scaglietta, Giovanna Sylos Labini, Anja Simons, Marta Suarez, Tamara Tancorre, Giuseppe Vultaggio, Massimiliano Piccinini, Samuele Sordi, Alessandra Belia

Consultants: MSC Associati (Structural), Hilson and Moran Italia (M&E), Ing. Silvestre Mistretta (Fire Prevention), Building Consulting (Project Specifi cations), City Contractor srl (General Contractor), Impes [Electric (Construction)], Panzeri [Mechanic (Construction)], Permasteelisa Group (Facades)

Year of completion: 2014