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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.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 tower, 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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  • This mushroom-like shaped skyscraper was built between 1956-58 and is located in the historical center of Milan. It's 106 m tall with 26 floors and is a modern interpretation of a Lombard style mediev...  more »
  • Not something that can be avoided whilst in Milan. Greeted to this eyesore each morning from my room in Uptown Palace Hotel. Only saving grace was if we were lost we could look for this on the skyline...  more »
  • Every city has a carbuncle building and this is Milans! Milan is such a beautiful city and I cannot understand why this was ever built......... We saw this from both the bus tour and from the Duomo ro...  more »
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  • Good point for orientation in Milan. When you are coming closer it looks like outdated architecture.
  • Brutalist masterpiece.
  • Torre Velasca in Milan, Italy. Designed by the BBPR architectural partnership and built in the 1950s.
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  • The Torre Velasca is defined a skyscraper in Milan. Is located in Piazza Velasca. The name is related to the Spanish Governor Juan Fernandez de Velasco, who was dedicated the square in 600. BBPR is an abbreviation indicating the Italian architects that designed it. Gian Luigi Banfi, Lodovico Barbiano di belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti and Ernesto Nathan Rogers. Two years ago in a referendum the Torre Velasca was one of the ten ugliest buildings in the world. The Tower despite the years has defined modern, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Duomo, balconies well drawn. One can say that Milan together at Pirelli by Gio ' Ponti regained the symbol of modernity. You can hop on the terrace on the top floor and also visit some renovated flats with the recovery of the original tiles. On the ground floor are held exhibitions. The Torre Velasca's Milan such as the Duomo, the Sforzesco Castle, and all large and small works that make this a unique city.
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