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The complex is built in reinforced concrete, steel and glass and covers an area of 33,700 m2 between via Melchiorre Gioia, via Restelli, via Algarotti and via Galvani. It consists of a 161,30 metre high tower surrounded by a complex of buildings with a sinusoidal shape which are also of considerable height.
The unusual shape of the buildings creates an ovoid urban space structure covered by a transparent plastic material. This 4000 m2 area has been named piazza Città di Lombardia and is considered the largest covered piazza in Europe. The most extensive and scenic open-air space in Milan for organised events.
The complex was designed by the Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of New York architectural studio, Caputo Partnership and Sistema Duemila in Milan.
The construction works were completed in the autumn of 2010. The highest tower houses the sala Giunta council room, the press room and the Presidency premises, plus, a conference centre and meeting rooms. Its construction has also facilitated the unification - in the new building and the nearby Pirelli skyscraper - of many of the regional offices that were located around the city of Milan, enabling time-saving and logistical optimisation.
The ground floor houses predominantly public functions with green areas, commercial malls, restaurants, bars, shops and amenities comprising a kindergarten, an auditorium , a gymnasium, exhibition spaces and a post office.
The project - inspired by the harmony of the ridges of the mountains of Lombardy - is decidedly avant-garde with impressive technological solutions.
For example, it is equipped with a system of ground water heat pumps, utilised for both cooling and heating purposes. In addition, some of the facades of the tower are equipped with solar panels that provide the energy needed to run the building, plus, a climatic wall, which collects solar heat to be converted.
Upon completion of works, a reduced-size copy of the statue of the Madonnina (little Madonna) that stands on a spire of Duomo was erected on top of the building. It had originally been positioned on the Pirelli Skyscraper (127 metres).
The structure will include a heliport, with a 30-metre diameter and the capacity to support a load of 6.4 tonnes.
The construction of the building required 13 million kilograms of steel, and 102,000 cubic metres of concrete.
The structure will comprise 72,000 square metres of office space, 7,000 square metres of raised garden, and 33 lifts.
The areas of the gardens and squares of the new regional offices are as follows:
3,200 square metres of squares planted with trees, and 3,380 square metres of covered squares,
2,060 square metres portico areas,
6,800 square metres of raised gardens, plus about 200 square metres of green roofs
9,000 square metres of ground-level gardens,
3,300 square metres of areas planted with trees between Via Restelli and the new park.
Palazzo Lombardia won the award for 2012 European Skyscraper. See attachment for all the details.
The name, Palazzo Lombardia, was chosen by the Milanese citizens from a selection of proposals in a poll on the Regione Lombardia website.
For a certain period of time the 161,30 metre high structure was the tallest building in Milan. This record was then surpassed by the construction of the nearby Unicredit tower and the three high-rise "CityLife" buildings in the historic Fiera Milano neighbourhood.
The design firm, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, has created, amongst others, projects for the Grand Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Fountain Place in Dallas.
The contract for the construction of the project was won by a group of companies comprising Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, New York, and the Milan-based companies Caputo Partnership and Sistema Duemila.
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners has also built the Grand Louvre, Paris, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Fountain Place in Dallas.