Porta Nuova (Milan)

Coordinates: 45°28′47.6″N 9°11′33.23″E / 45.479889°N 9.1925639°E / 45.479889; 9.1925639

For the Medieval gate in Milan, see Porta Nuova, Gate of Milan.
Porta Nuova
Sovereign state Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Milan
  Total 0.4 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00
Website www.porta-nuova.com

Porta Nuova (pronounced [ˈpɔrta ˈnwɔːva]; literally "New Gate") is the main business district of Milan, Italy. It is named after the well-preserved Napoleonic gate built in 1810–13 on this site.

Porta Nuova, Napoleonic Gate of Milan

The gates of Porta Nuova were built in 1810–1813 from a design of the poet Giuseppe Zanoia. Stylistically, it is a Neoclassic triumphal arch of Corinthian influence, featuring two Doric guard-houses.[1] It was built in friable sandstone, and as a consequence its decorations have decayed over time.

A scale model of the new development.

Porta Nuova development

After a long period of urban decay, the Porta Nuova district is now undergoing a massive renewal, thanks to the "Progetto Porta Nuova" (Porta Nuova Project).[2] The project, which has been under construction since the late 2000s, includes several modern high rise buildings, cultural centres, and a large city park. As a result of these developments, the Porta Nuova district will ideally merge with the bordering Centro Direzionale di Milano, the oldest business district of Milan that is characterized by 1950s-1960s towers, many of which dedicated to government offices and other major public and private companies.

This project effects areas from the neighborhoods of Isola, Varesine and Porta Garibaldi. Construction started in 2009, with completion planned in 2014.[3] The project involves the work of noted architects such as Cesar Pelli, Stefano Boeri and Nicholas Grimshaw. The redevelopment area extends from Porta Garibaldi station to piazza della Repubblica and from Porta Nuova gate to Palazzo Lombardia.

The project was approved in 2004, comprising a total surface of about 340,000 m2 (3,700,000 sq ft) divided into 3 parts:

The area is going to be home to 20 high-rise buildings, parks, a new metro station on the under construction line 5 of the Milan Metro and many underground car parks.

Porta Nuova Garibaldi Porta Nuova Varesine Porta Nuova Isola
m2 ft2 m2ft2 m2 ft2
Office 50,500 544,000 42,000 450,000 6,300 68,000
Residential 15,000 160,000 33,000 360,000 22,000 240,000
Commercial 10,000 110,000 7,000 75,000 850 9,100
Exhibitions10,000 110,000 00 1,600 17,000
Culture 00 3,000 32,000 760 8,200
Hotel 15,000 160,000 0000
Car parks 1200 2000 570


Towers and other buildings

Name Architect Type Height (m) Floors Year Headquarters Notes
Unicredit Tower
Tower A
Cesar Pelli Offices 231 35 2012 Unicredit The tower is ranking as eighth in the Emporis 2012, that rewards skyscrapers for excellence in their aesthetic and functional design.
It's tall 162 m without the spire.
Palazzo Lombardia Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Offices 161 39 2010 Regione Lombardia The building won the 2012 International Architecture Award for the best new global design.
Tallest building in Italy, 2009/2011.
Diamond Tower Kohn Pederson Fox Offices 140 30 2012 Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Celgene
Pirelli Tower Giò Ponti Offices 127 32 1958 Regione Lombardia Tallest building in EU, 1958-1966. Tallest building in Italy, 1958-1995.
The building was a model for the MetLife Building in New York City and Alpha Tower in Birmingham.
UnipolSai Tower Mario Cucinella Offices 120 23 planned UnipolSai
Torre Breda Luigi Mattioni Offices 117 30 1954 Tallest building in Italy, 1954/1958. Restoration work completed in 2009.
Torre Galfa Melchiorre Bega Mixed use 109 31 1959
Torre Garibaldi
Tower A
Laura Lazzari Offices 100 25 1992 Maire Tecnimont
Torre Garibaldi
Tower B
Laura Lazzari Offices 100 25 1992 Maire Tecnimont
Unicredit Tower
Tower B
Cesar Pelli Offices 100 22 2012 LinkedIn, Unicredit
Torre Uffici Tecnici Comunali R. Bazzoni, L. Fratino, V. Gandolfi, A. Putelli Offices 90 24 1966 City of Milan
Unicredit Tower
Tower C
Cesar Pelli Offices 70 12 2012 Unicredit
Piramide William McDonough Offices 70 11 2012 Google, Pandora
Torre Inps Offices 68 INPS
Torre Bonnet F. Diomede, C. Rusconi Clerici Offices 68 20 1962
AC Hotel Tower Hotel 60 20
Diamantini Kohn Pederson Fox Offices 2012 Canali, China Construction Bank, HSBC, Factory Mutual, Salvatore Ferragamo, Samsung, Shire
Palaxa Goring & Straja Architects Offices 2012 AXA
The Showroom Piuarch Offices
30 6 2013 Alexander Mc Queen, Limoni, Nike

Luxury residences

Name Architect Height (m) Floors Year Notes
Solaria Tower Arquitectonica 143 37 2013 Tallest residential building in Italy.
Bosco Verticale
Tower E
Stefano Boeri 111 27 2014 The building won the 2014 International Highrise Award.
The building is the first model of vertical densification of nature within a city.
Aria Tower Arquitectonica 100 17 2013
Solea Tower Caputo Partnership 79 14 2013
Bosco Verticale
Tower D
Stefano Boeri 78 18 2014 The building won the 2014 International Highrise Award.
The building is the first model of vertical densification of nature within a city.
V33 Vudafieri Saverino Partners 14 2013
Residenze di Corso Como Munoz & Albin
Cino Zucchi Architetti
Corte verde di Corso Como Cino Zucchi Architetti 2013
Residenze dei Giardini Lucien Lagrange 2012
Ville di Porta Nuova M2P Associati 2013

Other buildings

Name Architect Type Height (m) Floors Year Notes
Unicredit Pavilion / E3 West Building Michele De Lucchi Convention centre 22 3 2015
Coima Pavilion / E3 East Building Mario Cucinella Exhibitions 3 2016
Casa della Memoria Baukuh Museum 3 2015 Museum dedicated to the Italian resistance movement
Fondazione Riccardo Catella Culture 2 Hub for the urban development
Incubatore per l'arte Culture 2

See also

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  1. Palgrave, sir Francis (1847). Hand-Book for Travellers in Northern Italy. London: John Murray. p. 145. ISBN 1143862937.
  2. "Milano Porta Nuova official website". Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  3. "Il progetto Porta Nuova avanza". Retrieved 2010-01-26.
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