Language variant : Velasca Tower
Architect : B.B.P.R.
Locality : Milano
Country : Italy
Building style : Brutalism
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“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