“In a city known for history and fashion, the tower is perfectly attuned to the urban environment. More than simply a tower, the project creates a cohesive blend of parks and commercial space, with an appropriately local flair.”
     – Antony Wood, Awards Jurur

KfW Westarkade

Palazzo Lombardia, Milan, Italy
Completion Date: March, 2011
Height: 161 meters
Stories: 40
Use: Government
Owner: Regione Lombardia
Design Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Associate Architect: Paolo Caputo Partnership; Sistema Duemila Architettura e Ingegneria s.r.l.
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer: Arup
Project Manager:
Infrastrutture Lombarde


Palazzo Lombardia, the first CTBUH award winner from Italy, turns a government office complex into a new public space for Milan. The project, anchored by a 160-meter-tall tower, offers a variety of open spaces that enliven the neighborhood. Sustainability measures include green roofs and active climate walls with vertical blades that rotate to provide shade. The central piazza is covered by a curved, clear ETFE roof, recalling Milan’s famous Galleria.