Work has begun on CityWave, the new generation building that completes CityLife. Designed by the BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group studio, it represents a new concept of workplace that combines objectives of positive impact, quality of life and new articulations of spaces

Designed by the BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group studio, CityWave represents the new model for the offices of the future by responding to a new workplace idea, thanks to innovative design solutions that focus on quality of life and redefine the concept of sustainability. The CityWave project brings CityLife's commitment to urban redevelopment and sustainability to its peak, which have characterized the entire development of the neighborhood since its inception.

Thanks to the energy solutions, the building will be powered exclusively by renewable sources, representing the first office building to overcome zero impact, with a project that aims to determine a "positive impact" on the environment. The covering in photovoltaic panels of the structure that covers the buildings called East and West will constitute, in fact, the largest photovoltaic park in Milan and one of the largest urban photovoltaic parks in Italy, with an area of ​​about 11,000 square meters of panels, capable of provide an estimated energy production of 1,200 MWh per year, thanks to an installed power of nearly 2 MWh.

The same structure will also allow the collection and reuse of rainwater, as well as delineating a large green and covered public space, livable all year round. Furthermore, the building is designed to consume 45% less energy than the standard, thanks to solutions such as the thermal use of groundwater, with a saving of 520 tons of CO2 per year, equal to the emissions absorbed by 20,000 trees. The CityWave project has already obtained LEED pre-certification, ranking at Platinum level.

Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, explained how "CityWave's massive catenary roof joins the last two buildings of CityLife with a single wave structure. Solar panels power the indoor workplaces, while the wooden underside creates a cover for a new public area. As a contemporary interpretation of the large covered space of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, CityWave's photovoltaic roof offers the citizens of Milan a shaded and sheltered urban space to fully experience this new lively area of ​​the city. The overall structure combines the internal and external spaces in a form of light and sinuous monumentality. "

Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan, commented: "The start of construction works for the CityWave at CityLife are a new strong sign of recovery that is being given to the whole city. The pandemic has forced us to slow down and get out of the emergency, but now it is time to move forward with determination and confidence in our abilities. This new creation will be the symbol of the Milan we want: sustainable, international, beautiful ".

"This new generation building represents a further 'step up' in the evolution of office buildings: a container for executive activities that integrates objectives of positive impact on the environment and quality of life with new articulations of the spaces downstream of the shock from lockdown. In this sense, we are defining a new paradigm for the world ”, said Aldo Mazzocco, CEO of Generali Real Estate and president of CityLife.

The marketing of the innovative office spaces has been entrusted to Jones Lang LaSalle S.p.A. and Cushman & Wakefield LLP. The CityWave works started today after the executive project, and is expected to end in 2025.