Garibaldi Porta Nuova Complex


A real urban transformation that led to the creation of new buildings and a new road and pedestrian network. The three zones of the area, Porta Nuova Garibaldi, Porta Nuova Varesine and Porta Nuova Isola are used for different functions. The light communicates with these, harmonizes. Architecture itself becomes a lighting system




Milan – Italy


Pelli Clarke Architects
Cino Zucchi Architects
Khon Pedersen Fox Architects

The Porta Nuova area, delimited by Via Melchiorre Gioia, Amerigo Vespucci, Galileo Galilei, Viale della Liberazione, after many years of abandonment is the subject of an overall urban transformation: squares, gardens, public and private car parks, cycle paths, buildings, towers, for residential, commercial, exhibition, cultural, hotel use, private, public, administrative offices, areas of general interest, common services. Both public and private roads are buried, with the creation of new underground and railway lines. Great attention is given to materials (recycled and recyclable raw materials), the quality of the interior environments and lighting. Each area is characterized by a lighting system designed in accordance with the urban layout, buildings and functions.
The area is divided into three zones: Garibaldi - Varesine - Isola.
The Porta Nuova Garibaldi area, served by a large pedestrian street ( vehicular traffic flows underground ) constitutes a visual telescope that ends with the Circular Square, a large fountain and the Pelli skyscraper. The architecture itself is used as a lighting system: the buildings, the shelters, the details, the accesses between one building and another become light diffusers in the absence of visual obstacles, luminaires on poles to interrupt the great perspective that opens up towards the square and the central body of water.
The project received the GOLD LEED.
The Porta Nuova Varesine area hosts the projects of various architectural firms. The heterogeneity sought and achieved in the design of public spaces assigns a leading role to lighting as the "link to the city system". The choice was made to use the traditional and easily recognizable urban pole lighting system. The luminous handrails constitute a second continuous and unitary system.
The Porta Nuova Isola area hosts residential buildings, an office building and large public spaces dedicated to greenery. A lighting system is installed with pole-mounted luminaires and luminaires integrated into the balconies of the buildings for condominium lighting.