The complexity and the scale of the work involved in the re-qualification of the former Milan trade fair area led the partners of CityLife to commission the design of the project to a group of architects rather than a single designer. The choice fell Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki and Daniel Libeskind, architects of different origin, culture and background, but who share the distinction of having gained extensive experience by working on some of the most advanced expressions of international architectural culture of recent years.
CityLife is the result of the combined efforts of this group of architects, along with contributions from an array of other professionals and consultants who have ensured the project’s structural, plant design, environmental, urban planning and economic sustainability.
Zaha Hadid. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, and the only woman to win the Pritzker Prize (2004), is an architect committed to continuous experimentation in new conceptions of space. Her work includes the BMW Central Building in Leipsig and the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany; the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati; the extension to the Ordrupgaard Museum in Copenhagen; Opera Houses in Dubai and China. In Italy she designed the MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome, the high-speed train station at Napoli-Afragola and the Museo di Arti Nuragiche e Contemporanee in Cagliari (http://www.zaha-hadid.com).
Arata Isozaki. Born in Oita, Japan, he is a figure of international standing in the world of architecture and has designed some of the key works of contemporary architecture, including the Gunma Museum of Modern Art (1978), the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (1986), the Soho Guggenheim Museum in New York (1992), the Kyoto Concert Hall (1995), the Nara Concert Hall (1999), and the Palahockey in Turin for the 2006 Winter Olympics (http://www.isozaki.co.jp).
Daniel Libeskind. Born in Lodz, Poland, he is one of the world’s leading figures in architecture and urban design. He was the winner of the competition for the World Trade Center Site in New York (2002) and the Jewish Museum in Berlin (1999). His most recent projects around the world include the Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen (2003), the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester (2001) and the extension to the Denver Art Museum (2006) (http://www.daniel-libeskind.com).