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Porta Nuova Varesine, Milan

Transforming a former railway service area into a vibrant urban community.

Porta Nuova Varesine is one of the most significant urban redevelopments in Italy’s recent history and will transform Porta Nuova, a former railway service area, into a vibrant urban community. At Porta Nuova Varesine, people will live, work and play within the same development.

Arup provided structural design expertise, supporting the team of architects and other specialists to achieve a coherent, robust and economical design. This technically challenging development required structural engineering expertise. Porta Nuova Varesine’s design employs innovative construction materials, such as high-strength concrete and steel, not previously used in Italy.

Developing this unique site close to the historic centre of Milan required foundations and retaining structures to be designed around existing infrastructure and adjacent buildings. A three-level basement, free of movement joints, will cover the whole site area, which is the size of about five football pitches, to provide room for car parking, storage and plant equipment.


Arranged around the perimeter of the site, Porta Nuova Varesine’s buildings will be a variety of heights and shapes and will include two towers. One of these will be the tallest residential building in Italy. The other will provide office space and will be characterised by an irregular folded glass façade, supported by kinking perimeter columns.