In April, attendees of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile strolled the vast corridors of the 5.7-million-square-foot Fiera di Milano complex that began hosting the springtime furniture fair three years ago. While traveling to the Massimiliano Fuksas-designed facility in Milan’s outskirts, some may have noticed that a portion of their old stomping grounds, the Fieramilanocity, located near the city center, is now a construction site.
In 2004, CityLife, a consortium of French and Italian companies, won rights from Fondazione Fiera Milano to redevelop 2.7 million square feet of the massive 4.3-million-square foot exhibition center. The plan calls for a mixed-use mega-project containing residences, a museum, and office and retail space. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2014.