A new “promenade” over the rooftops of Milan opened to the public only a few days ago. Highline Galleria is a new walkway over the roof of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II measuring 250 metres long and about 550 square metres. Developed by architect Paolo Favole, who has planned numerous residential, commercial, service, religious and public projects in Italy and abroad, the promenade was built in only two months using lightweight, practical metal structures, thanks to the work of NUSSLI Italia, the company which planned and coordinated the work. Under the aegis of the City of Milan, with the approval of the Superintendency, Highline Galleria represents the completion of the work of architect Giuseppe Mengoni (1829 – 1877), who designed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and had already planned for the opening of what he called a “third passage”, an itinerary over the roofs of the Galleria from Piazza della Scala to Piazza Duomo. The restoration and adaptation of the existing walkway on the roof by Alessandro Rosso Group (a group of businesses in the hotel industry, operating the TownHouse Hotels and Seven Stars Galleria, and in tourism, with Best Tours Kuoni), fulfils Mengoni’s dream of offering residents and visitors an opportunity to admire the city of Milan from above, recognising the architectural details of the great dome of the 47 metre high Galleria as well as the cathedral and the entire city skyline, with the skyscrapers of the “new Milan”.
Milan Mayor Giuliano Pisapia spoke at the inauguration:
“Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is one of the best-known symbols of the city of Milan, recognised all over the world. And now we can also admire it from above, something that has never been possible in the past. We will be able to see Milan from a fascinating new perspective, combining the city’s great architectural tradition with its modern skyline. An extraordinary opportunity for the people of Milan and for millions of Expo 2015 visitors”.
“In only two months of work it has been possible to overcome all the structural difficulties involved in integrated advanced engineering work by anchoring it to the old beams and jacking abutments of one of Milan’s most important sites - explained Emanuele Rossetti, general manager of NUSSLI Italia -. We’re very proud to have helped create a unique new attraction for the city”.