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Skyscraper, Tower, Forgotten Masterpieces

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1950 – 1955

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Milan
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Velasca Tower

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Article last edited by Maria Thuroczy on
September 08th, 2013

Torre Velasca Change this

Milan, Italy
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The Torre Velasca (Velasca Tower, in English) is a skyscraper built in 1950s by the BBPR architectural partnership, Milan, Italy. The tower is approximately 100 metres tall and has a peculiar and characteristic mushroom-like shape. The building responds to its prominent location near the Milan Cathedral in the city's historic centre.

Its structure is reminiscent of 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 protruded out, propped up by wooden boards or stone beams. As a consequence, the shape of this building is a modern interpretation of the typical Italian medieval castle. At the same time BBPR satisfied the functional needs of space with this building: narrower surfaces on the ground, wider and more spacious floor plates on the top levels. The Velasca Tower was constructed for mixed functions of residential and commercial use.

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.

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