arata isozaki + andrea maffei: citylife tower under construction
arata isozaki + andrea maffei: citylife tower under construction arata isozaki + andrea maffei: citylife tower under construction
may 10, 2012

arata isozaki + andrea maffei: citylife tower under construction

‘citylife tower’ by arata isozaki and andrea maffei, milan, italy
all images courtesy of arata isozaki and andrea maffei




construction is underway in milan, italy for the ‘citylife tower’, designed by tokyo-based arata isozaki and milan-based andrea maffei. the foundation consists of a continuous block of concrete which covers 4,260 cubic meters, requiring 42 hours of uninterrupted work to complete. 62 concrete piles measuring 30 meters in length and support the 1,200 ton steel reinforced structural base.


the 63 by 27 meter foundation will uphold the 61.50 by 24 meter building footprint. expressed in the elevation, six office floors are contained within each of the eight vertically stacked modules. encased with a double-glazed skin, the convex facade will be held in place by four inclined struts along the wider elevations. these bracing elements will serve to divert some of the loads from the interior structural frameworks. in 2015, the structure will be the tallest in italy, reaching a height of 207 meters.


see designboom’s previous coverage of arata isozaki + andrea maffei: citylife tower’s proposal phase, along with a personal interview with andrea maffei discussing the project here and here.

aerial view of the foundation




foundation walls

rebar caging

rebar detail


citylife complex

roof plan

typical floor plan





facade detail



project info:


project: tca citylife tower, milan, italy
program: offices
client: citylife s.r.l., milan, italy
architects: arata isozaki and andrea maffei
design team: pietro bertozzi, takeshi miura, alessandra de stefani, chiara zandri, vincenzo carapellese, roberto balduzzi,
francesca chezzi, takatoshi oki, stefano bergagna, paolo evolvi, elisabetta borgiotti, adolfo berardozzi, sofia bedinsky, atsuko suzuki,
antonietta bavaro, carlotta maranesi, higaki seisuke, hidenari arai / andrea maffei architects s.r.l., milan, italy
structural engineering: maurizio teora (pd), luca buzzoni (pm), matteo baffetti / arup italia s.r.l., milan, italy favero & milan ingegneria s.p.a., mirano, italy
facades: mikkel kragh, mauricio cardenas, matteo orlandi, maria meizoso, carlos prada / arup italia s.r.l., milan, italy
mechanical systems: gianfranco ariatta, roberto menghini, riccardo lucchese, andrea ambrosi, sylvia zoppo vigna / ariatta ingegneria dei sistemi s.r.l., milan, italy
fire control: salvatore mistretta, milan, italy
vertical infrastructures: jappsen ingenieure, frankfurt, germany
lighting design: lpa light planners associates, tokyo, japan
sound engineering: vernon cole, cole jarman, addlestone, surrey, united kingdom
project management: j&a, milan, italy ramboll, london, united kingdom
built surface for the tower: 81.615 mq
surface for parking areas (outdoors and underground): 44.485 mq.
maximum building height: 207 m
number of floors: 50
number of office floors: 46
number of work stations: 3864
competition: 2003 (results: 2004)
design: 2005-2011
start of construction: 2012
estimated completion: 2015

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