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Unicredit Tower named to Top 10 for 2012 by Emporis

Unicredit Tower named to Top 10 for 2012 by Emporis

Unicredit Tower named to Top 10 for 2012 by Emporis

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 11, 2013) — Emporis has named Unicredit Tower by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects to its list of top 10 skyscrapers of 2012.

The company’s website for international building information announces the list annually as part of its Emporis Skyscraper Award. Every year since 2000, a jury of experts has selected the winner based on excellence in aesthetic and functional design. Buildings must have a minimum height of 100 meters and have been completed during the previous calendar year.

The tower is one of three that comprises the Unicredit headquarters. These three office towers and their podium are the largest components of Porta Nuova Garibaldi, a mixed-use development north of Milan’s city center. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects designed the master plan for the 7-hectare development, which creates a new and grand gateway to the city.

The tallest tower of the three is Italy’s tallest building, visible from more than six miles away. Spiraling upward, the 31-story asymmetrical tower culminates in a sculptural stainless steel spire. Like the two smaller towers, the building is clad in high performance reflective glass. Their narrow, curved forms enclose a circular piazza, a new public space that links the buildings to their surroundings. Facing the piazza, the facades incorporate sunshades, emphasizing the buildings’ fluid shape. At the street level, the towers are clad in stone.

The towers previously won an International Property Award in the European division for architecture in the mixed-use development category.

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