arata isozaki + andrea maffei: citylife
 
arata isozaki + andrea maffei: citylife arata isozaki + andrea maffei: citylife
jun 15, 2011

arata isozaki + andrea maffei: citylife

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

 

 

 

designboom recently visited the milanese studio of arata isozaki and andrea maffei, where we received an exclusive look at ‘citylife’, the new skyscraper currently under construction at the historic fairgrounds in milan. designed in response to the city’s chaotic industrial core, the office tower features a differentiated form which looks to reinterpret and simplify the complex, urban tension of milan. part of a larger master plan, the design reflects the city’s changing aesthetic, its slim, modern facade representing a renewed urban center.


overall redevelopment of the historic milan fairgrounds
image courtesy of arata isozaki and andrea maffei

 

 

 

a transparent architectural language reveals the mechanics and functional composition of the unit, its billowing, curved facade and external struts distinguishing the floor plates, structure and organization of space. limited in its dimensions – measuring a total of 21×58 meters – the narrow and streamlined footprint accentuates the building’s verticality, its slender shape extending well above the surrounding built environment.


overall view of tower
image courtesy of arata isozaki and andrea maffei

 

 

 

unlike many high-rise towers which are organized around a central service core, ‘citylife’ arranges the shafts at either end of the unit, sandwiching large and flexible office spaces in between. uniform in program, the units were developed as module and endlessly repeatable, providing tenants with easy-to-transform environments.


night view of complex
image courtesy of arata isozaki and andrea maffei

 

 

 

panels of double skin glass enclose the structure, its delicately contoured lines and contrasting rigid bracing generating the identifiable appearance. fully glazed from floor to ceiling, each office space is provided with uninterrupted views across the city.


side view of tower
image courtesy of arata isozaki and andrea maffei


detail view at night
image courtesy of arata isozaki and andrea maffei


in context
image courtesy of arata isozaki and andrea maffei


andrea maffei talks to designboom about the citylife towers in milan

andrea maffei discusses the structural design behind the citylife towers


site plan
image courtesy of arata isozaki and andrea maffei

 


floor plan / level 0
image courtesy ofarata isozaki and andrea maffei

 


typical floor plan
image courtesy of arata isozaki and andrea maffei

 


andrea maffei with physical model
portrait © designboom

 


base
image © designboom

 


external struts
image © designboom

 


entrance
image © designboom

 


side view
image © designboom

 

  • Why not a Flying Buttress???

    ffcr says:
  • i’m from milan, i live very closed to the area where they’re building it, so i think i can spend a minute to say a word.

    i just want to say that this project it is really NOT what people from milan NEED.

    In the competition there were other projects (like Renzo Piano’s masterplan) really well-designed, BUT (guess what ?!) WAS CHOSEN THE ONE WITH THE BEST BUYING OFFERT (the one is showed here).

    i’m very sad about this.

    i’d like to think in the future will be the people that LIVE around to CHOOSE what is better for the CITY.

    Milan 2015 BETTER CITY, BETTER LIFE (???)

    nicola brambilla says:
  • I quote you Nicola Brambilla. Just remember me Fuffas these projects!

    matteo soru says:
  • The struts feel to be an afterthought, an effort to shore up the structure.

    In the “image courtesy of arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati” the struts are not on the same level. Perhaps a mistake in the rendition.

    nicQlas says:

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