Zaha Hadid Milan tower tops out


Construction of the 170m Generali Tower, Milan by Zaha Hadid Architects has topped-out at 44 storeys.

The high-rise together with two further towers, forms the centrepiece of the CityLife masterplan developed by ArchA to regenerate the old site of Milan’s International Fair which closed in 2005.


Render by Zaha Hadid Architects


When complete, CityLife will be the largest new civic space and public park created for Milan since Parco Sempione opened 120 years ago.

A public piazza and shopping area will form the base of the tower, with the 39 storeys in the tower above accommodating 3,200 staff to meet Generali’s continued growth as one of the world’s largest financial institutions.


The Generali Tower is aligned at ground level to connect directly with its surrounding public park and piazza.

This torsional force is transferred vertically through the tower by the realignment of successive floor slabs that incrementally ‘twist’ about a vertical axis. This incremental twisting is defined by algorithms to give each floor a fractionally different relationship to the floors above and below. As the tower rises creating broader views and connections across the city, this twisting orientates the tower’s upper floors to face the centre of Milan and the Duomo.


ZHA has developed a double-façade system for the Generali Tower with inclined structural columns that increase efficiencies in usable floor areas and contribute to its targeted LEED Platinum certification. A system of sun-deflecting louvers flanked by glazing that includes a series of ventilating registers to draw outside air through the cavity provides an extremely efficient environmental control for each floor.

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