Piazza Gae Aulenti

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Milan, Italy
110,000 square feet / 10,000 square meters
2012

Porta Nuova Garibaldi is a mixed-use development north of Milan’s city center master planned by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The development includes the three-tower corporate headquarters of Unicredit, low-rise office buildings, a new residential neighborhood, shops, and a hotel.

Located at the base of the office towers is a new circular piazza, Piazza Gae Aulenti. The retail buildings are linked by a glass-and-steel, ring-shaped canopy that embraces the piazza and its fountain. Within the retail buildings are two levels of shopping above the park, as well as a “sunken piazza” level with many entry points that connect to the neighborhood at street level. The levels below the piazza will offer various dining options as well as market-style shopping. In addition to retail, the podium contains parking and a direct connection to the Stazione Garibaldi rail station.

All of the buildings are carefully linked to a new city park by a pedestrianonly system of streets and paths intended to integrate the development into surrounding neighborhoods. Piazza Gae Aulenti extends south, where it meets the Corso Como, a pedestrian street of fashion shops, restaurants, and cafés. To the north, the park path system reaches the Isola neighborhood, a destination for art and design. To the east, a pedestrian bridge connects to the Varesine neighborhood, which is being redeveloped as part of the project. To the west, the canopy and the underground passage welcome passengers from the train station to the main entrance of the development.