Extending over 95 thousand sqm the “Biblioteca degli Alberi” will be the third widest park in Milan: a net of pedestrian paths inside a various and full-equipped green area designed by Petra Blaisse (Inside Outside) and realized by Hw Style: sustainability, biophilia and urban landscaping in the heart of the new financial district of Milan Porta Nuova.
A walk under the skyscrapers, an oasis to relax body and soul, a masterpiece of sustainable urban landscaping: the Biblioteca degli alberi (literally “The Library of the trees”) takes concepts as biophilia and well-being in the center of the financial district of Porta Nuova, offering a fully-equipped area for a restful break or to be used as an outdoor office.
The project by Petra Blaisse (Inside Outside) has required the realisation of several green areas among flower gardens, meadows, herbaceous and perennial trees and “circular forests” all equipped to allow people to rest, read, work out of have fun, all connected with different linear paths that allow to easily reach all the corners of the neighbourhood.
The Comune di Milano, commissioner, has entrusted the redevelopment of the area to IN.G.RE.
Several areas are inspired by the drawings of the world-famous landscaper Piet Oudolf, that HW Style has scaled and realized through a meticulous system consisting in dividing the land in 2x2m squares, where all the lines of the drawings where replicated, posing every single plant.
As general contractor, Hw Style took care also about the construction excavation, the selection of the right soil, the design of the brick pavement paths in concrete with the drainage system “idrodrain”, and the installing of the benches, sports, playground and dog-park facilities, realization of anti-trauma flooring in different colors, two dog areas equipped for dog agility, a pond and much more.
The name of the park “Biblioteca degli Alberi” comes from the variety of species of trees planted around the area, the name of which is written in the steel in the pavement of the paths nearby, thanks to the names in stainless steel written in the concrete.
Text by Gabriele Masi.