Hadid Zaha: City Life – An Italian city in the challenge of a new urban planning and a new architecture.
Architect Hadid became known thanks to projects for public buildings, but at one point in her career she also tackled what is commonly referred to as “housing”.
Zaha Hadid had already faced the housing issue in other cities, such as Vienna, with the redevelopment and valorisation of the Spittelau viaducts.
However, in Milan Hadid becomes part of the ambitious City Life master plan, a new gamble designed for Milan by the administration. It is an ambitious plan aimed at bringing together the desire for new economic spaces linked to residential and commercial developments, and the need to rethink European cities in a whole new light.
The project takes the form of a new urban development that includes luxury estates and services contracted out to big names in architecture, but above all as an example of how architecture can contribute to the solution of many problems resulting from living in ever-increasing and modern European cities.
The focus is on nature and new ideas are developed: green towers, extended pedestrian areas, systems of communicating squares. Hadid’s residences are part of what is intended to be an architectural revolution in Milan. There are seven buildings of various heights in residential units of different sizes. Here, the typical Hadid volumes and shapes are just hinted.