Torre Velasca

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Torre Velasca
General information
Status Complete
Location Milan, Italy
Coordinates 45°27′36″N 9°11′26″E / 45.46000°N 9.19056°E / 45.46000; 9.19056Coordinates: 45°27′36″N 9°11′26″E / 45.46000°N 9.19056°E / 45.46000; 9.19056
Construction started 1956[1]
Completed 1958[1]
Height
Roof 106 m (348 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 26 [2]
Design and construction
Architect BBPR
Main contractor Società Generale Immobiliare

The Torre Velasca (Velasca Tower, in English) is a skyscraper built in 1950s by the BBPR architectural partnership, in Milan, Italy.

Architects[edit]

BBPR is an acronym from the name of its designers: Gian Luigi Banfi, Lodovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti and Ernesto Nathan Rogers.

Description[edit]

The 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 Sforzesco 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.[citation needed] 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.

The town planning laws, then, imposed specific volumes (depending on the buildings' purpose); in this tower, the latter being the mixed functions of residential and commercial use.

Urban context[edit]

The tower is located in the city centre of Milan, Italy, near the Duomo (Milan Cathedral) and the central seat of Università Statale (Università degli Studi di Milano), between Corso di Porta Romana and via Larga. One of the exits of the Missori metro station is located right in front of it.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AD Classics: Torre Velasca / BBPR". ArchDaily. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Torre Velasca". Housing Prototypes. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 

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