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Torre Velasca, Milan

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Architectural Building Landmark
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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  • Designed by a group of designers (BBPR), built between 1956/57, rationalist architecture is unique in its kind, was the architectural culture of post war years in Milan. Has a height of around 100 meters with 26 floors. Has a structure composed of a central core, perimeter pillars and Struts that support the weight of the upper volume cantilever. Planners in defining the shape of the building is inspired by medieval towers emblem of historical culture, even the pillars which are seen externally resemble the Gothic architecture, defining a singular feature functional and vertical structure bordering the residential part in higher volume and offices at the bottom.
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  • Tower Verlasca. This mass of red brick and 106 meters high is built between 1956 and 1958. His last nine plants are a challenge of architecture and of the economy, since their maintenance has been a bottomless pit.
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  • Definitely worth a visit. It can also be seen from the roof of the Cathedral, is a tower block disturbing that I personally remember a little post war views of a carton of Miyazaki (future boy Conan)
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  • 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.
  • Good point for orientation in Milan. When you are coming closer it looks like outdated architecture.
  • Not open to the public. 👎🏻
  • Brutalist masterpiece.
  • Torre Velasca in Milan, Italy. Designed by the BBPR architectural partnership and built in the 1950s.

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