The city of Milan that until recently was rejected by the Italians as “gray” is still alive because of the creative ideas of designers and architects.
Italy’s second-largest city Milan speaks for itself again, with a clear vision of a modern tower that is dramatically changing the face of Milan. However, renovations are not only for the expansion of the city, but for greenery, roofs, and new gardens in Milan.
At the center of this restoration is the Isola area, the proper name given to the area which has long spread to other areas, as well as the Garibaldi port road to the south and Viale Zara road to the north. Today, pastel-colored houses flock to the skyscrapers of Porta Nuova, the city’s new commercial district near Isola, controlled by the beautiful pedestrian Unicredit Tower, Italy’s tallest building.
The two-story Bosco Verticale roof was erected by starch analyst Stefano Boeri in this new Manhattan-like space. The concept behind this forest and sky is as simple as new: reimagining the urban landscape from which it was built. Housed in about 800 trees and 15,000 trees, the grass covering both towers is a 20,000 square foot forest.
Permanent housing contributes to micro-construction, generates moisture, expels CO2 dust, and returns oxygen. It also has a great variety of birds, butterflies, and other insects, and is now a natural attraction for immediate Milan rejuvenation.
After the project was completed in 2014, Boeri’s vision remained intact. Three years later, Studio Boeri provides staff worldwide, who are currently working on various forestry projects in China, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
The path at the foot of the Vertical Forest is surrounded by fruit and vegetable fields, where lavender plants harvested from large, unpaved trees pass through the restaurant’s kitchen. Ratanà is near and other fragrant plants pass by. From here the trail continues in a tree-lined “circle”, a unique concept that takes the garden concept to a whole new level.
This circle is the beginning of the third green circle in Milan, the Biblioteca degli Alberi. Covering an area of 95,000 square meters when opened in 2018, the surrounding forest will expand into the site, becoming a beautiful space with sheets of different colors.
“They represent the ‘wooden tent’,” explains Petra Blaise, a Dutch designer behind the Library of Trees project. “They define a specific area, a building that can be used for various purposes such as sport or culture.”
Once the project is completed, the Biblioteca dell Albergo will become the main hiking area in Milan. In addition to the surrounding trees, this park will also have a pond with a water garden, a flower garden, and a maze.
City parks are not designed to be beautiful parks with monuments serving large public buildings, but as the world – or place – itself, Blaise said.
After the Plant Library, Cesare Battisti’s restaurant, Ratan, will be the center of his heart. A significant coincidence, given that Battisti is at the forefront of community agriculture and food support. He cooks and teaches at the city’s many culinary and wine festivals, gives speeches, and everything from city park support to facility needs in Italy.
“Rural areas. I hope it looks like a virus that can spread as much as possible,” Battisti said.
I always tell my team members not to “contaminate” products, not to mix more than two or three flavors in processing, and to treat vegetables with respect, Battisti says.
The seeds of life-changing Milanese spread to other parts of the city, reaching the picturesque region of Brera where a group of renowned architects and engineers turned their roofs into the Orto fra I Cortili, a famous garden.
“This is my favorite time of the year!” the landscape architect Cornelius Gavril, observing an eruption of wildflowers and sunflowers around. “This is where everything is fine. It won’t take long. Like everything that’s happening right now here, this place will be very different in a few weeks.”
L’Orto fra a Cortili, an idea by Gavril, is built on a pallet system, which makes it easy to assemble and transport. “Every time we plant a new seed, we change the structure and the parts,” says Gavril. “It’s like putting a puzzle together.” The palette is used as a walking system and, as a rule, as a container for plants and flowers – an interesting concept that is replicated in large quantities and is perfect for repainting here and without being used.
When Orto fra was released in Cortili during the 2015 Fuorisalone, part of the annual design week in Milan, there was a great deal of controversy. “Originally a vegetable garden and an ‘open pharmacy’ dedicated to the exploration of long-lived medicinal plants. It was very different from what it is now,” explains Gavril. . “With our secret place open to the public for only a few days, we decided to leave 15 cm of depleted soil from November to February, planting new seeds every year during the spring. We have not only changed the structure of the garden, but we have transformed it. indifferent types of trees “.