Zaha Hadid Architects has completed the design of the Generali Tower in Milan, Italy, which was first unveiled during Milan Design Week.
Situated within the CityLife masterplan that previously hosted Milan’s trade fairs, the abandoned site is currently undergoing a redevelopment stage, after the fair was relocated to Rho Pero in 2005.
The site is located above the new Tre Torri station on Line 5 of the city’s metro station, and is set to boast 90 acres of year-round public spaces including parks and residential areas, as well as shopping districts and offices.
Aligned at ground level with three of the city’s primary axes that converge within CityLife, the 170m (44-storey) Generali Tower connects with its surrounding public piazzas and park; the curvilinear geometries of its podium defined by the perceived centripetal forces generated from the staggered intersection of these three city axes at the tower’s base.
This vortex of centripetal forces at ground level is transferred vertically through the tower by realigning successive rhomboid-shaped floor plates to twist the tower about its vertical axis.
This helical twist reduces incrementally with the height of each floor above street level, giving all floors a fractionally different relationship to the floors above and below.
As the tower rises offering broader views across Milan, the twist orientates the tower’s higher floors to the primary southeast axis leading to Bramante’s 15th Century tribune of Santa Maria della Grazie, and beyond to the centre of the city.
The tower respects the city’s rigorous local building codes, featuring a double-facade of sun-deflecting louvres flanked by glazing provides extremely efficient environmental control for each floor and ensures excellent energy performance, contributing to Generali Tower’s LEED Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council.
Inclined perimeter columns follow the twisting geometry of the tower to mirror the inclined alignment of its external façade units. These perimeter columns also maximise usable office space within the tower’s coherent formal envelope.
The interiors of the building is set for completion this summer, set to house up to 3,900 employees.
When fully completed in 2020, the CityLife masterplan will host the largest new civic space and public park in the city since Parco Sempione opened 130 years ago, with an aim to welcome over seven million visitors, workers, and residents annually.
It will include 1,000 new homes, offices for more than 11,000 staff, the new 42-acre public park, piazzas and a kindergarten.
Zaha Hadid Architects has also recently unveiled its design for the Central Hub megaproject in Sharjah, led by UAE-based property development firm Arada.
Dutch studio OMA also unveiled the final phase of its Fondazione Prada project in Milan with addition of new concrete tower during this year’s Milan Design Week.