The apartment, on the 12th floor of the Hadid Residences in CityLife, was designed and furnished by architect Niccolò Patetta

Zaha Hadid Residences in CityLife

The owners of the apartment – a 300 sq m penthouse – were fascinated by Zaha Hadid’s ship-like building, the view of the new Milan skyline and the spectacle of the Alps on sunny days. Architect Niccolò Patetta provided them with an expansive living area and abundant light.

Living dining table by Riflessi, Slim Chair chairs by Kristal


 Living di Riflessi (da cm 200x100x74h) con gambe in ottone spazzolato e piano Noir Desir, versione presentata al Salone del Mobile di Milano 18 

The project was inspired by the Italian tradition of a central space dedicated to the shared life of the family: a large triple-height living room, the heart of the house and a distribution element from a functional, visual and conceptual point of view.

Poltrona Frau armchairs, coffee tables designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll Int., bookcases and low furniture by Studio Patetta

A retractable sliding glass wall connects or divides the living area from the spacious, bright and rational kitchen equipped with cutting-edge appliances.

Icon kitchen by Ernesto Meda, peninsula table by Studio Patetta

From the dining area, which occupies a part of the living room, you can enjoy the view of the new Milan skyline, with the skyscrapers of Porta Nuova. Artificial light tries to re-propose the perception of frenzied city life in a more intimate key. The luminous spheres underline the triple height of the room and at the same time re-proportion it.

Living a tripla altezza con sospensioni Fil de Fer di Catellani & Smith a diversi livelli


Fil de fer design Enzo Catellani, sfera in filo di alluminio naturale con base nikel o finitura oro; lampadine LED; diam. cm 50/70/100, di Catellani&Smith

“The intentionally monochromatic living area contrasts with the warmer kitchen area – says the architect. If the heart of the home is spacious and open to aggregation, the necessary privacy of the other spaces is ensured by the filter of a series of walk-in closets and changing rooms.”

Terrace overlooking the Isozaki and Hadid towers (Libeskind tower under construction) and outdoor furniture by Paola Lenti


Chaiselongue Wave di Paola Lenti (cm 207x65x73h), struttura in acciaio, rivestimento in corda Rope; disponibile in più varianti di colore

The furnishings on the one hand sought a dialogue with the structure of the building following its sinuosity, for example in the diagonals of the windows’ frames. In the areas overlooking the city, the furnishings are almost dematerialized, thanks to crystal hanging units suspended with steel tie beams.

Excerpt from the article by Giulia Bruno, ph: Cristina Fiorentini, ‘Inhabiting CityLife’, DDN#238, April 2018.