Found project: Torre Velasca


    Project : Torre Velasca

    Language variant : Velasca Tower

    Architect : B.B.P.R.

    Completion: 1958

    Locality : Milano

    Country : Italy

    Building style : Brutalism

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    Description :

    “The city zoning commission favored the project because it combined office spaces with apartment units…Small offices fill the first ten floors of the tower, with studio apartments in the mid-shaft and larger living quarters on the top…The upper expansion of the tower liberated the forms from the constructions of its irregular plot while contributing to the Milanese skyline a striking profile, like a geyser shooting from the depths of a medieval city.

    The gritty reality of the Velasca rose in sharp polemical contrast to the elegant blade of the Pirelli, which cut through its environment like a sword. All observers have commented on the aggressive quality of B.B.P.R.’s Velasca tower; it may be a homage to an all but vanished medieval Milan, but it breaks the logic of the urban fabric in a radical attempt to redefine it. The B.B.P.R. made the Torre Velasca the container of the tense contradictions of the historical city and its modern architecture. As a willful provocation against a disharmonious city, the Velasca had a particularly poor popular reception.”

    Kirk, Terry: The Architecture of Modern Italy – Volume II: Visions of Utopia, 1900–Present, Princeton Architectural Press, 2005, pp. 171, 173.

    Ed. Katriina Puputti



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