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From the Senato Hotel to HighLine Galleria rooftop cinema, 3 rooftop locations where to enjoy a summer in Milan… not just in the evening

From the new experimental terrace by Gian Paolo Venier to high-altitude shows and urban vegetable gardens, a selection of the most beautiful rooftops to get a stunning summer view of the city


The brand-new Senato Roof, a project by Senato Hotel Milano, involves a designer in collaboration with an outdoor furniture manufacturer to revamp the hotel’s 100sqm rooftop every year

Milan is definitely growing vertically. It has become one of the world’s most fascinating capitals of architecture, with stunning achievements such as the Unicredit Tower and the whole Porta Nuova project, that have both revolutionized the city skylight. And, just like New York, it is growingly transforming itself into a city of great rooftop bars (read also → I ristoranti dell'estate newyorkese), contemporary lookouts for a trendy cocktail to enjoy watching the city growing upwards while the sun is going down. The last of these brand-new hotspots is the Senato Roof, a project by the newly opened Senato Hotel Milano that will involve, starting in 2017, a designer in collaboration with an outdoor furniture manufacturer in the makeover of the 100sqm rooftop every year. 

Kicking the series off is Milanese designer Gian Paolo Venier in teamwork with MIA Collection, an Athens-based company specialized in the production of outdoor furniture, with Hypernature, a new rooftop setting which embodies a reflection on urban nature, maximizing the existing greenery by adding artificial shapes and organic materials such as teak, rattan and straw. The graphic lines are further enhanced by the choice of black and white – two “non-colors” that celebrate in a stylish, abstract way the designer’s beloved, sunny landscapes. 

After a luxurious aperitivo, our journey on Milan’s roofs continues with the HighLine Galleria rooftop cinema: each evening a different movie covering a 20-year history of cinema a few steps away from the Duomo (until 30 September 2017). The suspended terraces route of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele brightens up with a more than 100-movies schedule, to enjoy sitting comfortably amidst chimneys and glass walls. 


Milan’s absolute must-see rooftop by day is the one designed by Piuarch studio, located in a beautiful courtyard in Via Palermo 5. Together with landscape architect Cornelius Gavril in collaboration with Verde Vivo, Piuarch designers have transformed the rooftop of their studio into an urban vegetable garden by employing a modular system of wooden pallets that give shape to different paths. Up there you can either sunbathe, enjoy time with friends or welcome guests for brief lectures. Colorful strips planted with vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers create a visually dynamic effect (read also → Fiori Optical nel roofgarden dei PiuArch).

Photo credits © Daniele Cavadini




by Carlotta Marelli / 12 June 2017


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