Hines has introduced the first high-end residential high-rises to Milan with two towers designed by global architecture firm Arquitectonica. The towers are situated in the Porta Nuova Varesine, the mixed-use masterplan and urban renewal project in central Milan, comprising high quality residential apartments, office and retail space, and a cultural centre.
Occupying the site of a former train station, this landmark development has been designed to create a vibrant community with direct links to Porta Nuova, one of the old city gates, and a network of infrastructure connecting it to the historic centre of Milan and beyond. Soaring above retail and amenity levels, the Solaria and Aria Towers offer exceptional views to the Alps, the spires of the Duomo and the city centre below with floor to ceiling glass.
Solaria rises 34 residential floors at over 143m high, making it the tallest residential building in Milan. In total there are 100 apartments, ranging from compact, functional one-bedroom properties to vast triplex penthouses which can reach 650 sq m. Aria is comprised of two independent wings and rises to a height of 17 residential floors with 42 one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments.
At the top of each tower are generous two-storey duplex units and three-storey penthouse units with roof gardens, and hydromassage and swimming pools. Each tower also features a private residents-only gym, events space, swimming pool, and spa amenities. Both towers’ communal areas include a 24/7 concierge area, car drop-off, bicycle parking area and guest reception.
The interiors of the apartments have been designed by Dolce Vita Homes and meet the latest modern living-space and domestic criteria. Each apartment has a large balcony, all of which are arranged irregularly around the buildings to protect each resident’s privacy. The idea is to create ‘gardens in the sky,’ making the most of the far-reaching views.
The two towers are strategically located in the new district, standing adjacent to Piazza della Repubblica, the 4,000 sq m courtyard garden and Viale della Liberazione. It has been carefully designed to meet residents’ demands for privacy whilst still providing excellent transport links including three metro lines within walking distance.