Rho, 8 June 2010 – Two 13-storey buildings with a gross 21,000 sq.m floorspace gathered into one single building complex more than 50 meters high, 132 meters long and 16 meters wide. These are only some of the impressive figures for the Horizontal Tower that has “taken shape” in just over 15 months at fieramilano, near the Porta Est entrance, a few meters from the MM 1 – Red Line subway terminal, its connecting railway station and the A4 Milan –Turin highway exit.

One part of the building will also rehouse the management offices of Fiera Milano SpA companies which are currently scattered around various premises and another will be available for rent. Pirelli RE Agency and Savills acting as advisor have been appointed under a co-agency agreement to search for tenants. Designed by architects Alfonso Femìa and Gianluca Peluffo of the 5+1AA practice together with Jean Baptiste Pietri and with specialist consulting by AI Engineering and Iquadro, the new project was funded by Fondazione Fiera Milano as part of its recent programs for real estate and infrastructure investment that are now drawing to completion. The Tower was built in record time by Italiana Costruzioni with Stahlbau Pichler working on the facades, and will be completed at the end of July as scheduled.

The Horizontal Tower will be Energy ClassA certified, as a result of the passive construction requirements, high-performance energy and distribution efficiency and low environmental impact. The sustainable solutions favor lower water and energy consumption by maximizing the use of renewable sources, and improve the wellbeing of occupants in terms of heating, acoustics, visual impact and complete usability of the spaces.

The horizontal structure of the Tower is basically spread across three spaces: the bottom section, an intermediate, double-height storey between the 5th and 6th floors and a large roof garden on the top level. The gold-tinted building – from the glass to the fiber cement – will be shimmering with the changing light and in every situation, at different times of the day and different days of the year.
The Tower top has a circular heli-pad that measures 25 meters in diameter for large helicopters (such as AW 139 with a maximum takeoff weight of 6,400 kg). Parking facilities are provided at the bottom of the building for about 200 cars, for 4 buses serving Fiera customers, as well as for 100 taxis and 700 motorbikes.

The Horizontal Tower is an integral part of what can be deemed to all effects and purposes an “architecture park” that includes the exhibition complex by Massimiliano Fuksas, car parks by Mario Bellini, hotel towers by Dominique Perrault, and public green spaces by Andreas Kipar.


For further information
Fondazione Fiera Milano
External Relations and Communications Office
Roberto De Giorgis +39-0249977724 - +39-3357243146
Monica Novelli +39-0249977185 - +39-3356388925