District Porta Nuova - an example of contemporary style and comfort in the heart of Milan

  BY Sergey Kazakov   16 May 2016

The main gates to the city of Milan are located along the fortification of Porta Nuova that served as an extension to the fortification of Porta Venezia. The gates were built between 1810 and 1813 by the architect Giuseppe Dzanoyya, who, also, participated in the design of the Duomo facade. Construction around Porta Nuova gates was a stepping stone to the development of civil engineering around city fortifications and a start to active urbanization of Northern Milan. The triumphal arch of Porta Nuova was built with yellow sandstone blocks and decorated with bas-relief. Porta Nuova fortification gave its name to one of historical neighborhoods in Milan.

District of Porta Nuova is an example of contemporary style and comfort in the heart of Milan. The Porta Nuova neighborhood is composed of high skyscrapers, open spaces, and a fountain in the middle of the square - a kind of oasis during the severe Italian summer.

Business part of Porta Nuova is composed of skyscrapers built near Porta Garibaldi by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects - the embodiment of 'high style'. The Varesine project, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, is still under the construction. The project will include office and residential buildings, and retail facilities. The Google office in Milan will be located there.

Bosco Verticale

Bosco Verticale - energy efficient and "green" construction project designed by a famous Milanese architecture studio "Stefano Boeri". The Vertical Forest is composed of two skyscrapers facades of which are filled with plants. According to the architects, the project must meet the desires of modern man to live surrounded by nature and, in the same time, in the heart of the bustling city. More than a thousand species of plants were planted in these buildings. Each tree and a bush is planted in a tub of land and fixed with ropes on residential terraces. The nature of facades naturally depends on the time of the year. Special services monitor the state of plants and a need for transplantation.



translated by Anastasia Ostapenko