New look for an old city
Italy’s second biggest city is reinventing itself, with a shining horizon of brand-new skyscrapers dramatically changing the face of Milan. This architectural makeover is not just about urban sprawl, though – it involves plant-covered buildings, rooftop gardens and innovative parks.
The heart of this renovation is the Isola (Island) district – an apt name considering that the area has long been isolated from the rest of the city, bordered by the train tracks of the Garibaldi station to the south and the Viale Zara tramway to the north. Today, pastel-coloured palazzi stand side by side with the skyscrapers of Porta Nuova, the city’s new business district adjacent to Isola, which is towered over by the gleaming pinnacle of the Unicredit Tower, Italy’s tallest building.