Milano's design economy Pt 1. Varesine reimagined.
Milano's transformed Varesine area, a highly urbanized neighborhood located in the suburban north-west part of the city, adds new character, world-class infrastructure and connectivity.
With the regeneration of the Veresine area, an important district in norther Milano (Milan), the city continues to grow its economy through thoughtful design interventions and investment.
This important section of the city has seen a wealth of noteworthy new projects including —infrastructure construction, the birth of multi-use commercial and retail districts, acres of green public space and smart domestic development, just to name a few.
Here is a look at what makes Varesine an attractive destination in Milano.
Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest)
Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation contributing to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory.
It is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city that operates in relation to policies for reforestation and naturalization of large urban and metropolitan borders. The first example of the Vertical Forest consisting of two residential towers of 110 and 76 m height, was realized in the centre of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighborhood, hosting 800 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 meters), 4,500 shrubs and 15,000 plants from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants distributed according to the sun exposure of the facade.
On flat land, each Vertical Forest equals, in amount of trees, an area of 20,000 square meters of forest. In terms of urban densification it is the equivalent of an area of a single family dwelling of nearly 75,000 sq.m. The vegetal system of the Vertical Forest contributes to the construction of a microclimate, produces humidity, absorbs CO2 and dust particles and produces oxygen.
Milan CityLIfe residential development designed by Zaha Hadid.
Milano CityLife has been one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Europe in recent years. Following a master plan developed by Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki and Daniel Libeskind, the project combines living, working and shopping with green spaces and public areas to form one holistic concept in an area near the historical centre of Milan.
The residential complex, which was designed by Zaha Hadid offers luxurious living spaces from small apartments to two-storey penthouses, is located in the southern section of the project area. Schüco Italia facilitated the construction of this elegant building design by specifically adapting the window, façade and sliding door systems from Schüco to suit the design.
The residential development comprises a total of seven buildings of varying heights, and is arranged as an open block construction which is broken up by green areas and spaces.
The aspect which connects the different buildings is the elegant façade design that meanders horizontally and vertically. Ribbon windows, balconies, as well as glazed and closed spandrel areas move fluently between cantilevered and recessed designs. There is further variation in the different façade materials used, such as white panels or areas made from natural wood and glass. The multi-storey, often diagonal arrangement of the units creates a striking building envelope.
Milan CityLIfe residential development designed by Daniel Libeskind.
The Libeskind residences employ the classical courtyard configuration and naturalistic materials of an historic Milanese neighborhood, while presenting an asymmetrical layering of the façade. The residential buildings are sited on the perimeter of the site to the south and rise towards the park to the north.
The facades are clad in a finely textured, light grey tile, developed for the project by the Italian tile company Casalgrande Padana. Undulating outdoor spaces create a rhythmic pattern and are draped with a brise soleils, made with new, highly-sustainable composite wood. Each building is topped off by double-height penthouses, conceived as villas, with generous terraces, luxury finishes and city views. Each of these “sky villas” has a completely unique geometry that accentuates the tops of the buildings, integrating the large-scale structures into the rich and varied surrounding urban fabric.
The five-building complex gently curves around an open courtyard with interwoven pedestrian paths that connect to the street, the park, and an underground parking structure. Conceived as an outdoor living room for residents to gather and relax, the courtyard’s tranquility is preserved by routing vehicular traffic on a loop at the outer edge of the site, which allows for direct access to the double height lobbies and leads to the private parking compartments.
The Residences utilize state-of-the-art design and are certified by the Italian Building Energy Consumption (A+ Class – CENED) in Italy. Sustainable features include, but are not limited to, thermally regulated radiant ceilings, energy efficient programmable heating and cooling systems, high-tech insulation, sustainable tiles, composite wood brise soleils, and photo-voltaic-cells on the roof to generate and store electrical energy.