Starchitects Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind’s 650-home CityLife Residences are nearing completion in Milan. Created with the curvaceous and angular silhouettes characteristic of Hadid and Libeskind’s work, the two luxury developments are part of the up-and-coming CityLife district located northwest of Milan’s city center. The seven buildings in Hadid’s project are now complete, while the first five of the eight buildings in Libeskind’s scheme have been built.
The 366,000-square-meter City Life district was masterplanned by Hadid, Libeskind, and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. In addition to the CityLife residences, the mixed-use district will also include a shopping district, parks, and three towers, each designed by a different high-profile architect. The contemporary CityLife Residence buildings are wrapped in large strips of glazing, white fiber concrete panels, and timber surfaces. Since Hadid and Libeskind designed the two residential developments separately, each development differs from the other in style while staying complementary.
Hadid’s seven-building development centers on a large courtyard and is wrapped by several green spaces. The building heights range from a low five-story building to a building with thirteen floors. All buildings feature rounded corners to mimic the rolling topography of the surrounding parkland. The sinuous building lines are repeated in the curvaceous balconies and terraces.
In contrast to Hadid’s development, the Libeskind-designed buildings are sharp and angular. Double-height penthouses top each of his five completed buildings. The remaining three buildings in Libeskind’s design will be completed in 2017.
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