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Torre Velasca, Milan

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The Torre Velasca is a skyscraper built in 1950s by the BBPR architectural partnership, in Milan, Italy.ArchitectsBBPR is an acronym from the name of its designers: Gian Luigi Banfi, Lodovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti and Ernesto Nathan Rogers. At the time of the construction of the Torre Velasca, Banfi was already dead (in 1945 in an Internment camp in Gusen).DescriptionThe Velasca Tower is part of the first generation of Italian modern architecture, while still being part of the Milanese context in which it was born, to which also belongs the Milan Cathedral and the Sforza Castle.The monstrosity, approximately 100 metres tall, has a peculiar and characteristic mushroom-like shape.It stands out in the city skyline, made of domes, buildings and other towers. Its structure recalls the Lombard tradition, made of medieval fortresses and towers, each having a massive profile. In such fortresses, the lower parts were always narrower, while the higher parts propped up by wooden boards or stone beams.As a consequence, the shape of this building is the result of a modern interpretation of the typical Italian medieval castle. At the same time, BBPR in this building satisfied the functional needs of space: narrower surfaces on the ground, wider and more spacious ones on the top floors.
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  • Torre Velasca sounds a vary strange and unusual building in the core of Milano metropolitan area. Its style doesn't match with anything else in the city and make it sound like an alien building in the...  more »
  • Always interesting to this strange Palace built in 1956 and at the time was one of the few skyscrapers in attendance. Dated but quaint style designed by architects Belgiooso, Petesutti.
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  • The symbol of Milan, the Velasca Tower, a skyscraper in pink, of 1956, designed by architects, Belgioioso, Pamla and Roger, the last floors give the shape of a medieval tower, very beautiful and characteristic, soars in the sky of metropolis. The Torre Velasca is Stellata, is on the Michelin Green Guide, with inspectors ' Assessment, two-star hotel.
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  • Interesting architecture.
  • Particular Skyscraper with optical effects made by the play of perspective and the way of building. You can see it in several places of the city.
  • One of the oldest building in the city.
  • Compared to everything around it, it's the most boring building I've seen. Why is this a Tourist sight? It isn't even located in an interesting place. Don't go out of your way to visit this place, not worth it at all.
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