The American architect Populous unveiled the design of the “cathedral”, which will be built to replace the Giuseppe Meazza stadium, also known as San Siro, the home ground of the AC Milan football teams and of Inter Milan.
The cathedral will be carbon neutral and LEED certified, and its design is inspired by two of Milan’s most famous buildings, the Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral), construction of which began in 1386, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the oldest in Italy in activity. mall.
The cathedral will be located in the reconfigured district of San Siro, a new pedestrian zone of 110,000 m² of green spaces.
The district will be dedicated to sports and leisure activities, most of which are free, with underground parking.
Christopher Lee, Managing Director of Populous, noted: “The cathedral will become one of the most emblematic stadiums in world football. It will create a world-class, modern and truly bespoke home for the legendary clubs AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano and form the beating heart of a new civic district.
“It will be a stadium that all Milanese will enjoy for generations to come, faithful to the city and honoring its heritage.”
Alessandro Antonello, General Manager of FC Internazionale, said: “The new Milan stadium will be located in an extra-contemporary green space that can be inhabited all year round.
“The new sports and leisure district and its 50,000 m² park will make San Siro the essential sports and entertainment district.
Populous is due to present the final designs for the project in 2022.
It was announced in 2015 that British consulting engineer Arup would work on the stadium and the wider Milan development.