Raised six meters above the ground and with a one hundred meter diameter, stands Piazza Gae Aulenti, a circular square located in the Centro Direzionale (Business Centre) of Milan, in the area 9, which has become the symbol of contemporary Milan. Inaugurated in 2012, it is a pedestrian square designed by the Argentine architect Cesar Pelli and named after the architect and designer Gae Aulenti, the ambassador of Italian architecture in the world, who recently died.
This modern square, the heart of the new and futuristic Porta Nuova district in Milan, is enhanced by the view of the city skyline. You can see the Garibaldi Towers and the adjacent skyscrapers of the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest), the building of the Lombardy Regional Council, the Galfa Tower, the Servizi Tecnici Comunali Tower, the Pirelli Tower, the residential towers Solaria, Solea and Aria, as well as a portion of the Diamante Tower. Because of the level of the square, you can also oversee the Unicredit Tower, at 231 meters it is the tallest skyscraper in Italy.
In addition to the Giardini di Porta Nuova access, you can reach this pedestrian square by five other directions: from the North side, along the promenade which connects via Gaetano de Castillia (the Vertical Forest street); from the West, via an elevated walkway on Via Melchiorre Gioia leading to the square Alvar Aalto and the business district of the Diamante Tower; from the South, along the pedestrian bridge that goes over Via Gaspare Rosales and leads to Via Vincenzo Capelli and Corso Como, or through the stairway that ends in Via Francesco Viganò. Finally, from the East side you can get to Piazza Gae Aulenti walking along a beautiful and extensive stairway, provided with lifts, leading to Viale Luigi Sturzo.
Actually, the square isn’t only the heart of the Progetto Porta Nuova and the Centro Direzionale (Milan’s Buisness Centre), but also of one of the newer and more receptive urban areas in the city, thanks to the presence of the metro lines M2 and M5, and the Milan Porta Garibaldi Station. Furthermore, this circular square is extremely lively and bustling: elegant shops and bars stand all over the place, in front of the windows is a very comfortable shelter in case of rain. The space in the center of the square is enriched with an illuminated fountain you can admire from the seats all around it.