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.Work out when and for how long to visit Torre Velasca and other Milan attractions using our handy Milan tour planner.
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Quando vidi per la prima volta la torre Velasca non mi entusiasmò, come a tutti penso, con la sua struttura squadrata e altezza esagerata per la zona in cui si trova non mi diceva più di tanto; con il... read more »When I first saw the torre Velasca impressed me, as I think, with its squared and exaggerated height for the area in which it is not telling me all that much; with time then often passing for this area are finished to get attached and define it (almost) fine. Just today I was able to visit it-because it is usually not possible because there are only offices and private apartments-I was able to appreciate the unique view of which you can enjoy by 25° and 26° superstructures present at the floor. The very central location and without other tall buildings to disturb the view gives you a clear view between the old and new town of Milan, looking north you can see then the Cathedral and the old town and in the background the entire new zone with the skyscrapers of porta nuova, for a truly breathtaking scenery if you do have a nice day! However this is only possible if you know someone who lives in the tower or work there, you can imagine how the untapped potential of this famous building of Milan.show original
Trovo la Torre Velasca un mirabile esempio di grattacielo nostrano, antecedente la costruzione del nuovo skyline di vetro. Si impone alla vista sia per la forma squadrata, sia per il colore acceso. No... read more »I find the Torre Velasca an admirable example of homegrown skyscraper, before the construction of the new skyline of glass. It requires the view for both the square shape, both for the bright color. I've never been able to climb (hosts anyway offices and private activities), the best view I remember was the one by the spires of the Cathedral!show original
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... read more »
Antonio Le Donne
Torre Velasca in Milan, Italy. Designed by the BBPR architectural partnership and built in the 1950s.
Marco SpessatoCannot be considered aesthetically pleasing, but otherwise makes its effect in Milan.show original
Paolo MOne of the most controversial buildings in Milan. For some it is great because only, for others it is ugly because ugly. Accounting for tastes. Certainly it is a symbol of the city.show original
Mauro FumagalliIts original shape is unique in the world. To see!show original
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