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CityLife Residences

  • Milan, Italy
  • 2004 – 2014
  • City Life Consortium
  • Built
  • 7 buildings 230 units 38000m2 gross surface
  • 2 storey underground car parking 50000m2

The Residential plot is composed of 7 linear buildings set along a continuous path around two land areas: Rc1, including buildings C1- C2-C3 and Rc2 with buildings C4-C5-C6-C7. The land areas are divided by a strip of public park.

The buildings can accommodate up to 230 luxury apartments, with common facilities.

The skyline of the residential complex is defined and characterized by a sinuous fluid line. The roof outline raises continuously from building to building, starting from 5-storey C2 building facing Piazza Giulio Cesare it reaches its maximum height at building C6 13th floor, thus ideally setting a unified and unique skyline.

Great care has been given to site and buildings orientation, taking into account environmental and comfort requirements

so that most apartments face south-east and at the same time allocate the best views from the terraces, towards the city or the public park.

The façades design involves continuity and fluidity: the volumetric envelope of the buildings is defined by a curvilinear

movement of balconies and terraces, opening up into a rich variety of private spaces, both interior and exterior, echoing the landscape below.

The façade materials – fiber concrete panels and natural wood panels  emphasize this complex volumetric movement and at the same time give a private and “domestic” quality to the interior of the residential courtyard.


Zaha Hadid Architects


Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Gianluca Racana

Project Architect

Maurizio Meossi

Design Team

Vincenzo Barilari, Cristina Capanna, Giacomo Sanna, Paola Bettinsoli, Gianluca Bilotta, Fabio Ceci, Veronica Erspamer, Arianna Francioni, Stefano Iacopini,, Mario Mattia, Serena Pietrantonj, Florindo Ricciuti, Giulia Scaglietta, Giovanna Sylos Labini, Anja Simons, Marta Suarez, Tamara Tancorre, Giuseppe Vultaggio, Massimiliano Piccinini, Samuele Sordi, Alessandra Belia

Site Supervision Team

Cristina Capanna, Veronica Erspamer, Stefano Iacopini, Giulia Scaglietta, Florindo Ricciuti

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


MSC Associati, Milano

M & E

Hilson and Moran Italia, Milano


Ing. Silvestre Mistretta


Permasteelisa Group

Project Specifications

Building Consulting,

General Contractor

City Contractor srl,Milano

Electric (Construction)


Mecanic (Construction)