Situated in the heart of Porta Nuovo Garibaldi stands the landmark square of Piazza Gae Aulenti. This AECOM-designed modern piazza is named after the famous late Italian architect of the Musee d’Orsay and is linked to Milan’s main transport hub. It’s development marks a key part of one of Italy’s largest regeneration projects and provides an impressive new gateway to one of Europe’s most stylist cities. The piazza itself is a beautifully modern space offset by sculptural features, including flowing circular seating and reflecting pools.
Continuing this renovation project, creeping out from behind the impressive towers of Piazza Gae Aulenti is the world’s first example of a “Vertical Forest,” Il Bosco Verticale. Replacing traditional materials normally used on urban space surfaces, the two towers, running up to 112 metres high, host over 700 trees, 11,000 perennial plants and 5,000 shrubs. The Bosco Verticale presents a new approach to environmental sustainability in increasing bio diversity and promoting the formation of an urban ecosystem.
The development of this modern Milan makes for an interesting contrast against the features of a traditional Italy that can be found throughout the city. To see the old and new side by side creates a welcome depth and richness that coincide in harmony to form this great city.