Location: Milano, Italy
City population: 3,063,361
Project duration: 2016 - ongoing
Project cost: Above 4 000 000 EUR
Financing source(s): Unknown

Library of Trees

Biblioteca degli Alberi

The park will have a surface of 100.000 sqm. It is designed to be the beating heart between municipality offices, fashion and culture related buildings, vital train connections and residential areas. The paths generate a mosaic of irregular plots. Each with specific groups of plant species, grasses or lawn. Circular tree groupings are superimposed on these plots, and together they will form a botanic library. The vegetal patches will alternate with water and hard materials, thus creating a series of public spaces that house cultural and recreational program (1).

Urban setting

  • Parks and (semi)natural urban green areas
    • Large urban park or forest

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups
Project objectives
- creating a system of connections between the different urban realities surrounding the area: residences, offices and services, which will be strengthened both by the new centrality of the park and by the network of paths that link the edges in a timely and direct way, linking the Differences Altimeters of contoured areas, with altitudes up to 6 meters between the plane and the over-tunnel; - to ensure the multiplicity of features that make the area attractive, in particular by diversifying the types of enjoyment: cultural, leisure and meeting, also in connection with the buildings in the park; - to enhance the botanical characterisation of the park, which in the "Tree Library" suggests a modern interpretation of the botanical garden, emphasising the cultural aspect linked to mythological history and poetic expression (4).
Implementation activities
1/3 of the park has been completed (ca. 7.500 sqm), the realisation of another part is currently ongoing (3).

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government / municipality

Management set-up

Co-governance or hybrid governance (mix of responsibilities between government and non-government actors)

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Taskforce groups
Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project
The architec studio Outside|Petra Blaisse in Amsterdam has won the project for the realisation of the park, in cooperation with the Giorgetta Studio in Milano (2).
Project implemented in response to ...
... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown
Expected impacts
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
Details on impacts and indicators used unknown

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting


Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports


Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

  • Library of Trees (2018)
    Library of Trees (2018)
    Anna Koster-van Dorp, retrieved 07/19/2018


Disclaimer: The data collection was carried out between June and August 2017, the information presented has not been updated afterwards.