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CityLife Shopping District nominated for Building of the Year

The CityLife Shopping District in Milan has been nominated for ArchDaily’s ‘Building of the Year’ awards.

ArchDaily is the world’s most popular architecture website and, for the 9th consecutive year, has asked their readers to act as a jury for the awards.

With more than 70,000 nominations in the first week of the awards, ArchDaily’s readers have narrowed the field from over 3,000 to just 75 projects around the world: five finalists in 15 different categories that cover the wide variety of architectural production, from private houses to crucial public buildings, from offices to cultural architecture.

The CityLife Shopping District is nominated in the Commercial Architecture category.

Located above Tre Torri station on line M5 of Milan’s Metro network, CityLife Shopping District integrates a new public park with indoor and outdoor piazzas, food hall, restaurants, cafes, shops and cinema as well as facilities for health and wellbeing.

The 32,000m² shopping district will welcome seven million visitors each year when the CityLife redevelopment fully completes in 2020. One of Europe’s largest redevelopment projects, CityLife will include 1,000 new homes, offices for almost 10,000 staff, the new 42-acre park, piazzas and a kindergarten.

Bamboo flooring, ceiling and columns welcome visitors to the shopping district’s interior. Selected for its warmth and tactility, engineered bamboo is extremely durable and can be procured in a large quantity from sustainable sources.

Opening Milan’s old trade fair grounds to year-round civic use by integrating the new public park with Milan’s most extensive pedestrian zone, CityLife has created the largest new public space in the city in more than 120 years.

ArchDaily’s readers can now vote for best finalist in each category until the 7th February.

Vote for CityLife Shopping District (ArchDaily)

Photograph by Hufton+Crow