Residenze Porta Nuova/ Coima

Created by the Italian real-estate experts Coima, Porta Nuova is a new way to live in Milan that puts sustainability, community and nature at the heart of its properties and places

MILAN IS RENOWNED as one of Europe’s financial capitals, Italy’s fastest growing city, and a global centre for fashion, design, football, art, cuisine and the media. Now a modern new neighbourhood – Porta Nuova – is being established in central Milan, next to the artistic Brera district.

This new district is an extraordinary piece of work, meticulously crafted to the last detail by Coima, experts in real estate and creating sustainable places for nearly 50 years. Porta Nuova has been in development for almost a decade and is one of Europe’s most sustainable examples of urban regeneration. By seamlessly combining humanity and nature, it brings together what people fundamentally want and need from city living.

“We are building a very special community for people I would describe as world savvy but sensitive,” says Coima’s Managing Director, Kelly Russell Catella. “They want to live and work well, finding the perfect balance of convenience and comfort, rooted in nature.” Her passion for Porta Nuova is driven by the recognition that, although the vast majority of the population want to live in an urban environment, they also want the benefits of nature, the warmth of community, the convenience of modern living and the desire to cultivate wellness by making it easy to walk everywhere.

The new district features an extensive network of walkways, green spaces and piazzas with specially created spaces for exercise and relaxation, along with places to eat, drink, shop, work and spend time with friends and family. At its heart is the Biblioteca degli Alberi (BAM), a new 10-hectare park and botanical garden. The third largest in the city, it is home to 500 trees in 22 “circular forests”, vegetable gardens, play and picnic areas, a picturesque flowered lawn and some 135,000 plants.

“You can walk down the street here and know the person who serves your coffee, or smile at a neighbour, whether you’re living in a high-rise apartment or a townhouse,” says Kelly. “We deliberately nurture that sense of a living, breathing community as the perfect backdrop for the people who are attracted to living here.”

Porta Nuova is already a well-established community that attracts 10 million visitors each year, home to around 34,000 residents, 30 business headquarters, and 65 shops, restaurants and cafés. It is also home to the Residenze Porta Nuova – six individually designed residential buildings created by Coima with the same detail and principles of city living at its best. All set around the borders of the new park, the homes range in style from the city’s first and tallest contemporary skyscrapers to traditionally inspired low-rise townhouses, villas and apartment collections. The focal point of the Residenzes – and its most widely recognized feature – is the Bosco Verticale, which has become an iconic landmark on the Milanese skyline since it was completed in 2014. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the two “vertical forest” buildings feature over 15,000 plants and 90 different species of trees, shrubs and floral vegetation: the equivalent of a three-hectare forest.

“The careful attention to detail in the public spaces is reflected in the homes themselves,” says Kelly. “They are designed to a high specification and also allow people to ensure that their own individuality shines through. There is a big range of home styles, from traditional family villas with large outdoor spaces to high-rise city apartments with views out to the mountains. Like all aspects of Porta Nuova: something for everyone – we strive to do it well and with style.”