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Velasca Tower, Milan

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The most famous and discussed skyscraper in the centre of Milan was designed by the BBPR studio (Banfi, Belgiojoso, Peressutti, Rogers): it was begun in 1950 and completed 8 years later. At 106 metres high, it was the symbol of Milanese architecture after WW2. From an initial parallelepiped design, the need to distribute the volumes meant the building was built like a mushroom resting on brackets made from reinforced concrete. The formal allusions to the Castello Sforzesco, structural emphasis on the ribbing and uprights, use and grain of the materials, and the careful design of the details make the building one of the most interesting modern constructions in the city.