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    Default Milan's new skyscrapers: it's a boom

    Milan is booming ! For the first time since the 60's Milan will have many skyscrapers taller than the famous Pirelli scraper (127 m) designed by Giò Ponti. Yesterday was presented the master plan for the area once occupied by the Milan's Fair. The winner proposal by Libeskind-Hadid-Isozaki is articolated around three tall towers (218 m / 185 m / 170 m) surronded by a park with channels. This big project for 5000 people-apartment and the same number for offices will change the skyline of the capital of Lombardy in a fantastic way. The project comprends even the new museum of design. This three scrapers with the recently approved new scraper for the Regione Lombardia (160 m by Pei), the one designed by Cesar Pelli for the city of the fashion (140 m) and the new one for the Comune di Milano (140 m) will have a strong impact over the city.

    Here the link to the Libeskind-Hadid-Isozaki project

    Here the link to the Pei new Regione Lombardia scraper (160 m)

    So the final list of the new Mlan's scraper:
    1) Fiera 1 ...........................m.218
    2) Fiera 2............................m.185
    3) Fiera 3............................m.170
    4) Regione Lombardia..........m.160
    5) Comune di Milano............m.150
    6)Città della Moda................m.140


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    Nice. Very good for Milan.

    I've also heard of reports of a 1,000-foot proposal, the Torre Monrif. Any news about that?

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    Monrif Tower has been definetely deleted. But the quality of its design was not so great as these.

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    Fabulous architecture. I love the flexed and twisting towers.

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    Amazing buildings...both designs. There is so much cool architecture happening outside of the USA right now...I am so jelous sometimes. It is like building art work. Not just plain buildings they used to build like in the 60's. But NYC is catching up...I am confident.

    Good for you Milan.

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    Wow! Some great original designs. Defintely worthy of Milan.

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    Not very urban. Buildings in a park all over again. Why does this idea still have currency? Milan has lots of urban fabric that is much better.

    Finally, the forms are different, but are they really any good?

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    Milan plans skyscraper development

    Wed August 04, 2004 09:39 PM ET

    By Christian Plumb

    MILAN (Reuters) - For a city whose last skyscraper was completed over 40 years ago and whose most beloved buildings are a gothic cathedral and a 19th century shopping arcade, the plan is nothing short of revolutionary.

    A team of star architects led by Daniel Libeskind, backed by some of Italy's top insurers, has won the rights to build three skyscrapers including what would be Milan's tallest building and an exotic, sail-shaped tower, on a 15-block plot near the city centre.

    The high-rise offices, to share the site with a new park and apartments for 5,000 people, will pierce a staid skyline long dominated by the early 1960s modernist Pirelli tower which a private plane rammed into seven months after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

    "It's really an unprecedented project," Libeskind, who designed the "Freedom Tower" which will replace the destroyed World Trade Center, told Reuters.

    "It's really how to create a spectacular new sort of 21st city, but a city which is connected with the traditions of the great architecture of Milan."

    The plan has inflamed passions in a city usually more preoccupied with traffic and the cost of a cup of espresso. A local newspaper's web forum on the development has logged 652 messages, more than double the comments on marijuana in schools and other hot topics.

    "Milan shouldn't be afraid of changing or of its future," wrote one excited resident. "Milan has a great chance to stay in the avant-garde from an architectural and urbanistic point of view and can't let it escape!"

    Dissenters, including some prominent local architects, are just as adamant that the buildings are monstrosities and that aesthetics are taking a back seat to economics.


    "They are a series of strange objects placed inside the city but with absolutely no effort to integrate with its surroundings or to build a reasonable urban environment," said Milan architect Vittorio Gregotti, who designed a similarly-sized redevelopment of an area occupied by an old Pirelli factory.

    Zaha Hadid, the prize-winning Baghdad-born architect who also worked on the project, said the criticism amounted to ill-concealed envy.

    "I'm sure there are some Italian architects who would like to be in on it," she said.

    The development, to be spread over the next 10 years, would replace two thirds of a sprawling convention centre used during Milan's fashion week. A new larger "Fiera" going up on Milan's outskirts will house the centre from 2005.

    The project is one of several which advocates say could put Italy's business capital back on the architectural map.

    "Milan is living through an unprecedented urban transformation," said Mayor Gabriele Albertini at the signing ceremony.

    "Quality is the common denominator for all the projects underway -- more green, more beauty, more functionality, more international prestige."

    Other Milanese construction projects which have been approved include a long-delayed "fashion city" designed by U.S.-based Cesar Pelli, and British architect Norman Foster's blueprint for the redevelopment of a former industrial complex between the city centre and its closest airport.


    In the case of the Fiera redevelopment, sceptics question whether the bold project unveiled last month will really see the light of day.

    "The skyscrapers cannot be built the way they are," said Antonio Monestiroli, head of the architecture department at Milan's Politecnico University, adding that the developers focused on the "publicity value" of the unusual shapes.

    "They will almost certainly change the project from what they have presented in the models, and that is another negative," said Monestiroli, adding that the architects had "put together a bunch of buildings they designed for other sites".

    The consortium backing the development is led by insurers Generali and RAS. They expect to spend about 1.5 billion euros, including 523 million for the land and the rights to develop it.

    Particularly remarkable, Libeskind said, is the amount of land devoted to park space -- over 70 percent of the area -- "a space that would really be a kind of lung for Milan, which is such a dense city with not much green space".

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    I lived in Milan for 10 years all through the 90's. As Italy's "New York" I always thought Milan could use something really radical and exciting as well as design oriented to spur on the city's heritage as an industrial/business/fashion and design capital.
    I used to be in awe of La Defense in Paris and often thought that Milan could do something similar to liven up it's drab suburbs.
    It's nice to see something taking shape and the designs shown are fantastic! I only wish I could see it take shape in person!
    Way to go Milano!

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    Yea, these buildings i think are long over due, but i think the weight was worth it for the archetecture of these buildings

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    the building on the right side had a same idea as this building in rotterdam, holland..

    check that great white steel beam in the middle of the building

    here can you see it better:

    maby it's the same architect of this buildings.....

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    Thumbs up

    I like what I see.

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    Hey Jimbo, where is that building located?

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