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Milano Santa Giulia
Milan | Zone 4

design: Foster+Partners, Design International
area: 558,000 sqm (total masterplan)

Milano Santa Giulia is located between the districts of Rogoredo and Taliedo, an area that was known for its industrial character since the late 19th century. Over the last few decades, most of the industry moved away or closed, most notably the Montedison factory and the Redaelli steel mills. These departures left a huge void in the urban fabric of the area.

Subsequently, a number of urban regeneration schemes for the area were attempted, but it was only when developer Risanamento was brought on board that those plans really started to take shape.


The overall concept imagines a district that is well connected to the rest of the city, yet combines the essential components of a self-contained community, thus making Milano Santa Giulia a ‘city within a city’. The 60,000 people who will live in this community will be served by a number of facilities including office buildings, a museum of technology & innovation for children, educational services, an entertainment and leisure arena, and sports facilities. There is also one of the largest parks in Milan, which is integrated into Milan’s green network. However it is the retail and leisure offering, situated at the heart of the community, which makes this development exceptionally unique. This retail and leisure area integrates perfectly within its immediate urban context, consisting mainly of residential, entertainment and office buildings.

Milano Santa Giulia is effectively connected to both Milan’s local urban infrastructures, whilst also connecting to larger national and international transportation networks. Linate Airport, which is 10 minutes by car, is Milan’s primary airport for short-haul international and domestic flights, including Bologna, which can be reached in 45 minutes. East of Milano Santa Giulia is the A51, one of Italy’s main autostrada arteries, connecting the north of Italy to the south. West of the district is the Rogoredo metro station, with a direct link to central Milan, as well as a high speed train station from where Turin can be reached in 50 minutes.

The masterplan connects to this network of public and private transport through an extensive internal network of roads and public transport, extending 2 bus lines as well as a tram line. There is also a network of cycle paths and underground parking areas to reduce private traffic in favour of sustainable mobility. The overall concept of the masterplan envisions the shopping and entertainment components at the heart of the new city district, for the community as well as in architectural terms.


This commercial and social heart is in the shape of a triangle, defined by three plazas connecting the three main anchors of the development. The west corner is defined by the ‘Museum Plaza’, which links to the museum of technology and innovation. The northeast corner is defined by the ‘Arena Plaza’ which connects the entertainment arena. Lastly, the southeast corner is defined by the ‘Market Plaza’, which is home to a variety of markets. This then links the Hypermarket to the main open-air shopping and entertainment district in the centre.

Three main routes guide the customer flow through the district, whilst also acting as arteries linking to the surrounding residential, entertainment and office areas. The ‘Gallery Walk’ connects the Market Plaza to the Museum Plaza via a pedestrianised street. The ‘Santa Giulia Gardens’ acts as a small network of green streets, mini plazas and terraced gardens that form the heart of the district, and the ‘Hollywood Boulevard’ connects the Arena Plaza with the Museum Plaza, along a number of entertainment facilities just north of the shopping district.


The ‘Gallery Walk’, connecting the Market Plaza with the Museum Plaza, is a pedestrian street that also acts as a natural joining between the shopping district and the neighbouring residential area. On the shopping district side, there are cafes, restaurants and bars on the ground floor with outdoor seating, whilst the ground floor on the residential side is lined with showrooms and galleries. These showrooms and galleries will be showcasing mainly upmarket furniture designs and other arts and crafts products.


‘Santa Giulia Gardens’, the heart of the shopping district, is an open air and terraced area. The ground and first floor are home to the retail element, with restaurants on the second floor, and offices on the second floor and above. At the core of the shopping district there is a green oasis, from where nature extends along the terraces, platforms and walkways. These then open up towards the upper floors of the surrounding buildings, ensuring an open and light atmosphere on all levels. There is also a bridge from the restaurant area on the second floor, which creates a direct link to the cinema in the neighbouring Hollywood Boulevard.


The ‘Hollywood Boulevard’ connects the Arena Plaza to the Museum Plaza along a wide boulevard. This also joins the shopping district along its south side with the entertainment facilities along the north side, connecting to the cinema which is situated adjacent to the Arena Plaza. The luxury shops that are located on the opposite side of the boulevard further enhance the glamorous feel and atmosphere of this part of the shopping district.
 

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DOSSIER: Milan selected to trial smart city tech

THE EUROPEAN PROJECT
Milan has been chosen to join a new European smart city scheme which will involve the testing of innovative technologies aimed at improving the lives of urban residents. Milan is expected to receive a cut of the pan-European fund as part of the Horizon 2020 programme. The city will work alongside hi-tech companies. A data sharing platform will also be established to collaborate with other member cities – Bordeaux, Burgas, Lisbon, London and Warsaw.

THE DISTRICT IN MILAN
Over the next five years, the area is set to become the Milan's district with zero energy waste. The interventions will cover a total of 25,000 sqm public and private buildings. Smart street lights will be installed with various types of wi-fi and sensors. In addition, the area will be served by electric vehicles for car sharing, electric vehicles for distribution of goods and services, electric bikes, electric charging stations.

"This area is already under great transformations due to the construction of Prada Foundation Museum, the new campus of Bocconi University, and the Symbiosis development: projects with integrated solutions to reduce consumption in all categories" said Urban Planning Councillor, Alessandro Balducci.​
 

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Italian 2015 Home Sales Show Milan Soared While Rome Stagnated

Milan and Rome were the best and worst major Italian cities for home sales last year, revealing a widening economic gap between the country’s capital and its financial center.

Residential transactions jumped 13.4 percent in Milan last year, while sales in Rome increased 0.8 percent, according to data released by the Ministry of Economy Thursday. Sales nationally picked up 6.5 percent last year.

The latest data reaffirms Rome’s reputation for sluggish economic growth and political dysfunction. The capital has been under special administration by the national government since mayor Ignazio Marino resigned in October and the main political parties are struggling to find mayoral candidates for elections later this year.

"Beyond Rome’s old problems with traffic and infrastructure, prices remain generally too high and the real estate market has still to reach a point of equilibrium between demand and supply," said Giuseppe Sullutrone, local head of FIAIP, Italy’s largest property agents association.

"Moreover, many large companies are currently moving their headquarters within the city” so employees are postponing purchases, he said.

Rome-based statistics office Istat will release national data on residential prices in 2015 on April 4.
 

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Arese Shopping Center
Arese | Milan urban area

design: Michele De Lucchi, Arnaldo Zappa, Davide Padoa
status: U/C


Arese Shopping Center will become one of the largest shopping centres built in Milan, boasting shops, cafés, restaurants, outdoor as well as indoor sport, cultural and health activities. Arese Shopping Center is built around a permeable street with indoor buildings, indoor and outdoor squares, porticos, gates, and gardens.






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Galeazzi Hospital
Milan | Zone 2

area: 80,000 sqm
status: proposed
value: 120 mln euro

The project provides for the construction of a 10-storey orthopaedic hospital with 550 beds.














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Porta Nord Milano
Milan | Zone 9

area: 32,000 sqm
design: BEMaa, Uno-A, Studio WOK
developer: Gruppo della Frera
status: U/C


The project provides for the construction of residences (200 different types of apartments), services, stores, hotel and green areas.
The new complex will be built near the subway stop (Metro 3 - Yellow Line).






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Mare Culturale Urbano (Cultural Urban Sea)
Milan | Zone 7

design: Carlo Gandolfi, Roberto Molteni
status: planned
value: +10 million euro

Mare Culturale Urbano (Cultural Urban Sea) will be an international centre focused on cultural innovation and social intrusion.












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In 2014, Mare became a certified innovative social startup, joining international networks such as Trans Europe Halles, Impact Hub and European Innovation in partnership with Smart Cities and Communities. It also teamed up with Italian networks (Conciliamilano and Milano Sharing Cities) and it struck up a local collaboration with the City of Milan, the Zona 7 council, the Fondazione Cariplo and Banca Prossima.








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Mare‘s rich schedule of events will take place in a location open 365 days per year, 7 days a week, offering a variety of facilities.

The building will spread over four levels:
- 2 theatre and concert halls
- 3 movie theaters
- 2 audio recording studios
- 5 rehearsal rooms workshops, exhibition areas, multi-purpose spaces
- 1 guesthouse
- 1 cafe / bistrot
- 1 common bookshop
- equipped public green area




The Cultural Urban Sea will be located not so far from San Siro Stadium and public parks.​
 
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Nest Business Campus
Segrate | Milan urban area

property: Fondo Cimarosa - Generali Real Estate SpA SGR


Nest is the new space where life and work meet. A comfortable and people-oriented campus fostering the natural development of business, talents and ideas. It is not an exclusive place, but a big open-air square, an open path full of light through areas fostering aggregation and wellness.

At the entrance there is a wide car park with tree-lined roads and flower beds in bloom, then a peaceful walkway running along the buildings up to achieve the core of Nest: the wide square surrounded by the three buildings Magnolia, Bamboo and Eucalyptus. In addition to the working areas, inside the buildings there are various services, from gym to kindergarten, from bistro to restaurant, bookshop, exhibition space and auditorium.

Natural materials give shape to organic design structures, which interior can be freely designed to encourage exchange and concentration. Ever evolving services offer a quality environment that feels like home.

Nest is a project geared towards wellness of people living it and respecting the environment. All buildings and facilities composing it, thanks to state-of-the-art systems and technical equipment, have obtained the energy certification LEED Gold (Actionable level).


The big main square is ideal for relax but also for an extemporaneous meeting or to focus on and work out new ideas. It is surrounded by smart, crystal and wood architectures.


The main building, Bamboo, contains on the ground floor restaurant, bistro and bookshop. A spectacular spiral staircase gives access to the very wide underground auditorium. On the whole surface of the roof there is a big solarium where shading devices give life to a snug and relaxing atmosphere and, almost like a big, exciting sundial, indicates the time of day.




The spectacular cantilevered roof draws a graphic arcade indicating the access to the square. The five-storey Magnolia building is an irregular and comfortable structure, also thanks to the particular loggias giving great prestige to the executive offices. Each floor is equipped with meeting rooms, single offices, executive and open spaces, waiting areas and reception. The double height hall is really striking. The building is equipped with an underground “dedicated” parking area.




A transparent and slender cover, cadenced along the façade by the movement of the vertical shading devices. The full-height glass walls find their natural completion in walkable loggias and terraces, with elegant wood slat floors. This is a seven-storey building. On each floor there are open spaces and single offices, meeting rooms and executive offices, waiting areas and reception. On the underground floor, gym and kindergarten. The double height luxury hall allows to accede directly to the services hosted on the ground floor of the building Eucalyptus.


Offices space area: 20,340 sqm
In between services: 2,300 sqm for restaurant and cafè, gym, conference centre and kindergarten
Auditorium: 275 seats for projections, conferences, conventions and shows
Open air service: 1,720 sqm terraces, open air offices, dedicated parking areas
Parking: 517 spaces


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DOSSIER: Kuma redesign the Expo site

Japanese archistar Kengo Kuma was appointed to redesign part of the former Expo site. In particular, his project will provide for the construction of the new campus of University of Milan, but it must be in line with the entire masterplan, which includes the "Human Technopole" (see more), the "Startup Valley" promoted by Assolombarda and the "Thematic Park".

 
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