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CityLife Milano Office Tower

  • Milan, Italy
  • 2004 – 2015
  • CityLife Consortium
  • Under Construction
  • 122.700m2 GEAm2
  • 170 meter 44 storeys
  • office tower, 67.000m2
  • 2-storey retail space
  • 15.000m2
  • parking, storage and
  • plantrooms, 40.700m2

The high-rise as a building typology has traditionally been treated as a static, fixed strategy; the tower is reduced to a technocratic, engineering ‘solution’ governed by specific economic factors. Architects, in this role, have been left with the spire, exterior shell or, perhaps more significantly, the lobby interior.

The project is located at the intersection of several important urban axes. The dynamism of the surrounding urban fabric was the subject of our formal investigations and inspired the geometry of the tower, podium and the residential buildings.

The housing complex includes seven linear buildings and develops in two areas of the estate separated by a wide public pedestrian boulevard which visually and physically connects to the Citylife Park and the fore coming Hadid Tower.

The sinuous profile of the rooflines, repeated over the entire complex, increasing in height from the five-floors building on Piazza Giulio Cesare, to the tallest, a 14 storey building, unify the seven buildings’ skyline and become a “fifth elevation” of the complex.

The layout of the buildings determinates de facto a courtyard typology from which the duality of the relationship between the buildings and the surrounding urban fabric came. The facade facing out, where the living rooms are, have large windows.

The tower is conceived as a stack of equivalent, economically efficient  floords slabs that incrementally twist about a vertical axis. This incremental twisting is algorithmically controlled so that each floor does not have the same angle, but has a fractional, relational angle to the floors above and below, further developing the dynamism of the tower.




Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Gianluca Racana

Project Architect

Paolo Zilli

Design Team

Andrea Balducci Caste
H. Goswin Rothenthal
Gianluca Barone
Carles S. Martinez
Arianna Russo
Giuseppe Morando
Pierandrea Angius
Vincenzo Barilari
Stefano Paiocchi
Sara Criscenti
Alexandra Fisher
Agata Banaszek
Marco Amoroso
Alvin Triestanto
Letizia Simoni
Subharthi Guha
Marina Martinez
Luis Miguel Samanez
Santiago F. Achury
Massimo Napoleoni
Massimiliano Piccinini
Annarita Papeschi
Martha Read
Peter McCarthy
Line Rahbek
Mario Mattia
Matteo Pierotti

Site Supervision Team

Andrea Balducci Casté
Stefano Paiocchi

Competition Team

Simon Kim
Yael Brosilovski
Adriano De Gioannis
Graham Modlen, Karim Muallem
Daniel Li
Yang Jingwen
Tiago Correia
Ana Cajiao
Daniel Baerlecken
Judith Reitz




Redesco (podium and tower)
Holzner&Bertagnolli + Cap Engineering (basement)


Max Fordham Partnership, Manens – Tifs

Lift Strategy

Jappsen Ingenieure




Systematica, Sudio Corda, Alpina




Building Counsulting