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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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  • The goal was to climb to the top and see the Centre of Milan. Alas, walking on the Internet information about what you can do, is not justified. At the top is really there is an observation deck, but either it private for the residents of the House or there allowed in the summer or for some prior arrangement.
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  • The tower was built on an area of Milan city centre devastated by bombing the Anglo of 1943. The profile of the Tower (bold and innovative design object) derives from the constraint that is located in the base of the Tower, however, free to expand vertically.
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  • 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 »
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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 When you are coming closer it looks like outdated architecture.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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