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Official Name Solea
Name of Complex Solaria + Aria + Solea
Other Names Porta Nuova Varesine - Solea
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Italy
City Milan
Street Address & Map Viale della Liberazione, via Melchiorre Gioia 10
Postal Code 20124
Building Function residential
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2007
Construction Start 2009
Completion 2013

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Hines
Design Caputo Partnership
Structural Engineer
Design Arup
MEP Engineer
Design Ariatta Ingegneria di Sistemi s.r.l.; Deerns
Main Contractor CMB Carpi S.r.l.
Other Consultant
• Civil Jacobs Group
• Interiors COIMA Image
• Landscape LAND
• LEED Deerns
• Quantity Surveyor J&A
• Urban Planner Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
• Vertical Transportation Deerns
Material Supplier
• Cladding CNS
• Elevator Schindler

About Solea

Solea, a high-rise apartment building in the shape of a white crystal, open at corners to reveal black loggias, stands where tradition meets contemporary design. The building simultaneously offers the sobriety of a private villa, inspired by Milanese architecture, and contemporary conveniences. The building’s character is derived from the opposition of bright and sparkling material, such as white glass, and the dull black of the natural stone, which defines the opening of the crystal. At the top, the building has four high-ceilinged volumes with double- and triple-height “bow-windows.” At night these glow like a lantern.

Solea is located south west Porta Nuova Varesine, on the Porta Nuova axis, connecting the historic city center with the new urban centrality of Porta Nuova, and the Lombardy government center. It commands views to the promenade and the Garden of Varesine, to the city center, to the Corso Como and Porta Garibaldi, and to the park of the Biblioteca degli Alberi.

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