INTERNATIONAL PLANNING COMPETITION FOR A PRIVATE PROJECT PARK OF CITYLIFE
The international competition for the design of the CityLife public park concluded on 27 October with the proclamation of the winning project, announced in the presence of the mayor of the city, Letizia Moratti, at the Urban Center.
The competition was won by the project submitted by the landscape design studio Gustafson Porter (United Kingdom) together with !Melk, One Works and Ove Arup, entitled A park between the mountains and the plain.
Proap (Portugal) came second with the project entitled The best of both worlds, and Atelier Girot (Switzerland), came third with the project Radura. The other design groups participating in the competition were: Agence TER (France); Erika Skabar (Italy); Latitude nord (France); Latz + Partner (Germany) and Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten (Germany).
All eight design projects are on display at the Urban Center from 28 October to 30 November, as part of the exhibition Verde a Milano. Concorso internazionale per la progettazione del Parco pubblico di CityLife (Green space in Milan. The international competition for the design of the CityLife public park). The winners will be asked to present the definitive project by 31 December 2010.
The CityLife Park covers an area of about 170,000 square metres and is the third biggest park in central Milan (with an area comparable to 30 football fields). The Park, which is a full integrated part of the requalification of the area, will be completed in different stages. The first - in which the Hadid and Libeskind Residences are located and which overlooks Piazzale Giulio Cesare - will be completed by 2012. All work on the park will be completed by 2015.
The guidelines for the competition, which were jointly drawn up by the local authority and CityLife, foresee the creation of a prestigious public space for the city that is fully integrated with the urban context and responsive to the latest standards of environmental sustainability. The landscaping of this new green area is expected to create an ecologically sustainable park that, specifically: ensures the protection of biodiversity through the use of local trees and plants rather than invasive and exotic varieties; contributes to reducing atmospheric pollution and stimulates the absorption of CO2 and water saving; as well as making use, as far as possible, of plant and systems that use renewable energy. But it must also be a symbolic and representative park, located in an historic area of the city that is undergoing a huge transformation, starting with the CityLife area itself. And, finally, it must be a connecting park that brings together all of the functions within it (residential, professional, cultural and leisure) and the different levels elevation of the project, in a manner that is structurally consistent with Milan’s greater system of green spaces. In particular the park should connect certain functions of excellence that are foreseen for the CityLife area: from the Palazzo delle Scintille in Piazza VI Febbraio, to the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Centro Congressi of Fiera Milano in the north-west of the area.