The Piazza Gae Aulenti located in Milan, Italy was designed by the architectural practice of AECOM and it was opened in December 2012.
Named after Gae Aulenti, the Italian architect who designed the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the piazza is adjacent to the main train station in Milan. The project contest was won by the architect Cesar Pelli and the landscape designers Land who created a new gateway to the city and one of the parts of the regeneration projects in Italy.
The designers of AECOM focused on the main public space, the Gae Aulenti Piazza Circolare, walkways and connections to the park nearby, while the guidelines for the space were created by Gehl Architects.
The piazza has several sculptural features such as the continuous flowing circle of seating that surrounds the reflecting pool with a diameter of 60 meters and the pool cascades down two floors with a sound that covers the roads nearby while also adding light and natural ventilation. The light wells also link the square with the retail floor and car park underneath it.
Called “the square of the future” by the Italian newspapers, this piazza is a beautiful contemporary addition to the Italian tradition.