The garden is part of a proposal to radically rethink urban design and the value of public space
Spotted: Italian architecture firms LAD and Hynos Studio have designed a so-called “hanging garden” to recapture public space in Milan’s central Piazzale Loreto. The proposal (known as Sovraparco — Elevated Garden) would turn a not particularly attractive concrete and traffic-filled entrance of the city into an oasis of green. The two-story structure shaped like a gigantic inverted disc would create a haven above the chaos of traffic and noise for people to relax.
“Like a planet hosting a natural oasis, the garden is floating over the plaza; as it is a reversed shell, nothing is visible from the inside but the sky. The borders protect people from pollution and traffic noise, generating a relative isolation inside,” architects Francesco Napolitano and Nicola Brembilla said in a proposal.
The floating piazza, as it’s been called, would hover above the square and stand in sharp contrast to the piazza below. “Piazzale Loreto is also a rather ugly place: nothing more than an automobile junction surrounded by buildings without any architectural value,” the architects said.