Gallery: Milan’s Stunning Green Super City


Milano Santa Monica is a lush green super city that is scheduled to sprout up just outside of Milan. Envisioned as a stacked series of high-rises overflowing with flowering terraces, the self-contained development will employ principles of bio-architecture in addition to photovoltaic panels and solar-thermal water heaters to cut down on energy use.

Designed by Polis Engineering, Studio Nicoletti, and the Marzorati Architecture Studio, Milano Santa Monica will comprise more than 2000 apartments centered around a 2 million square meter park. The complex will be completely self-contained, offering schools, sporting facilities, and a shopping center, reducing the distance that its inhabitants will need to travel in the course of their daily activities.

The lush green high rises are efficiently designed and enshrouded in vegetation that helps to insulate the interiors while providing fresh air. Photovoltaic panels help to shade sun-facing windows while generating energy, and solar water heaters help to further increase efficiency. The development is currently slated for construction in 2013.

+ Milano Santa Monica

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  1. zamir jaffry August 22, 2010 at 2:46 am

    it will complete the requirements of susutainability

  2. jdship March 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    The flowing greenery is becoming a “green” cliche but, even so, has appeal. How do “self-contained” developments connect wtih the greater city and its surrounding communities? Other than the energy features, this reminds of the new town projects of the 1970s.

  3. shmooth January 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

    what a horrible place. i thought the whole corbussier thing died a long time ago. guess not.

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