2010 was the turning point. Palazzo Lombardia was built, a 161-metre tower, in reinforced concrete, steel and glass, surrounded by lower, curvilinear buildings, with a covered and transparent oval square in the middle. The largest of its kind in Europe. In 2012, Chicago’s renownwd Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) awarded it as the best skyscraper in Europe for design, sustainability and innovation.
In 2014 the skyline began to become spectacular with the Unicredit Tower. 231 metres, designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli, it has become the most characteristic feature of the new Milanese skyline, thanks to its iconic curved spire. For the city’s urban planning, eco-sustainability becomes essential, and new innovative projects reduce polluting emissions as much as possible. What has since become one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world and the new symbol of Milan was then inaugurated, Bosco Verticale (Vertical Wood), a unique architectural complex. Two towers lined with a 'forest' of 800 trees. Plants, produce humidity and oxygen, absorb CO2 and reduce urban pollution. A visionary example of contemporary architecture, it has won many awards, including the most important in 2015, when it was declared the 'most beautiful and innovative skyscraper in the world' by Chicago’s (CTBUH). In 2019 it became one of the fifty most iconic skyscrapers in the world for innovation and environmental sustainability. Together with the Duomo, it is the building most photographed by both Milanese and tourists. The Unicredit Tower and Bosco Verticale are located in the Porta Nuova area, the heart of one of the most important European urban architectural redevelopment projects, in an eco-sustainable key. At the centre of the district are Piazza Gae Aulenti and the Library of Trees.
City Life District
With the CityLife District, Milan continues to develop vertically, thus becoming one of the most avant-garde cities in Europe, as it creates new urban planning of great visual impact. The area of the former Trade Fair is now transformed into something architecturally spectacular: a large park with a triad of skyscrapers at its centre. The three towers, planned as headquarters of large companies, have each a particular characteristic that identifies them. The Isozaki Tower bears the signature of Arata Isozaki: It stands 209 metres and 50 floors tall. The Hadid Tower, designed by Zaha Hadid, measures 177 meters by 44 floors, with a sinuous line that gradually diminishes as height increases. Finally, the 175-metres Libeskind Tower, designed by the American architect Daniel Libeskind, marked out by its original, forward-tilted shape, with a dome at the top, inspired by the Italian Renaissance. Around them is the largest Shopping District in Italy, with stores and restaurants. City Life is a cutting-edge area, characterized by high standards of sustainability.