Variation in wave form - CityLife/Zaha Hadid residential complex, Milan

The multi-storey façades in the residential complex designed by Zaha Hadid – part of the Milan CityLife project – find expression in wave form, playing with shapes, colours and materials.

Schüco Italia facilitated the construction of this elegant building design by specifically adapting the window, façade and sliding door systems from Schüco to suit the design.

The tallest of the seven flowing building structures which form the "Zaha Hadid residential complex" in Milan.

CityLife has been one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Europe in recent years. Following a master plan developed by Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki and Daniel Libeskind, the project combines living, working and shopping with green spaces and public areas to form one holistic concept in an area near the historical centre of Milan. The residential complex, which was designed by Zaha Hadid offers luxurious living spaces from small apartments to two-storey penthouses, is located in the southern section of the project area.

The building envelopes consist of different-sized panels interspersed with areas of natural wood.

An ensemble of seven building structures

The residential development comprises a total of seven buildings of varying heights, and is arranged as an open block construction which is broken up by green areas and spaces. The aspect which connects the different buildings is the elegant façade design that meanders horizontally and vertically. Ribbon windows, balconies, as well as glazed and closed spandrel areas move fluently between cantilevered and recessed designs. There is further variation in the different façade materials used, such as white panels or areas made from natural wood and glass. The multi-storey, often diagonal arrangement of the units creates a striking building envelope. Even though the pattern is recurring, new variations in the design have been realised on all levels of this building.

The brilliant white walls give way to typical pointy balconies, stretching the structure and create differentiation in each floor of the building.

Functionally and aesthetically effective special solutions

The architecture of the residential complex designed by Zaha Hadid is as individual as it is ingenious and functional. Thanks to the special products developed by Schüco Italia, the façades fulfilled high technical requirements such as wind and rain protection for the upper floors, and the thermal insulation met demands in terms of ecology and sustainability.

The residential development comprises a total of seven buildings of varying heights, and is arranged as an open block construction which is broken up by green areas and spaces. The aspect which connects the different buildings is the elegant façade design that meanders horizontally and vertically.

The numerous panels and natural wood surfaces of varying dimensions are combined with the Schüco FW 60+ façade system modified specifically for this project and special versions of the Schüco AWS 75 aluminium window construction. The slimline, floor-to-ceiling glazing is interrupted in many places by the Schüco ASS 50 lift-and-slide system, which allows easy access to the balconies with views of the Alps and the city.

Site map, scale 1:2500

The residences are part of the major CityLife project in Milan – an holistic concept, which combines living, working and shopping with green spaces and public areas.

Façade section detail, scale 1:20

Schüco – System solutions for windows, doors and façades

Together with its worldwide network of partners, architects, specifiers and investors, Schüco creates sustainable building envelopes that focus on people and their needs in harmony with nature and technology. Metal and PVC-U window, door and façade solutions from Schüco meet the highest requirements in terms of design, comfort and security. At the same time, CO2 emissions are reduced through energy efficiency, thereby conserving natural resources. The company delivers tailored products for newbuilds and renovations, designed to meet individual user needs in all climate zones. Everyone involved is supported with a comprehensive range of services at every stage of the construction process. With 4800 employees and 12,000 partner companies, Schüco is active in more than 80 countries and achieved a turnover of 1.425 billion euros in 2014. For more information, visit www.schueco.com

Project details

Project title: CityLife/ residential complex designed by Zaha Hadid, Milan (Italy)

Client: CityLife SpA, Milan

Architect: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher, Gianluca Racana, Maurizio Meossi; Zaha Hadid Architects, London (UK)

Façade planning and implementation: Permasteelisa SpA, Treviso (Italy)

Special solutions of Schüco systems: Schüco International Italia srl, Padua (Italy)

Completion: 2014

Schüco products

Schüco FW 60+ aluminium mullion/transom construction and Schüco AWS 75 aluminium window system (project-specific special solutions)

Schüco ASS 50 aluminium lift-and-slide system (project-specific special solution)
 

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