The new face of Milan

If there is a city in Italy that is synonymous with change and transformation, it’s Milan. A city that is projected into the future but located in a much more European context than many other historic cities on the peninsula. The new face with which Milan presented itself at the beginning of this millennium serves as an example. Important redevelopment work has been carried out all over the city, which has truly revolutionized the image of the city and its skyline. Over the past few years, Milan has become an increasingly vertical city, with a breathtaking skyline that cannot be envied by other overseas cities.

There are many skyscrapers that can be seen today in panoramic photos while melting hearts on Instagram starting from the skyscraper in Piazza Gae Aulenti, where Unicredit is now located. Just as the Torre Generali, which, one piece at a time, has managed to climb the sky and impose itself on Milanese citizens. It is a similar story for Torre Solaria, which with its 143 meters is the tallest residential building in Italy today. How can we forget Torre Diamante, which is also located inside the Milan business center, built in 2010 with a height of 140 meters, is now the headquarters of the BNP Paribas group.

Among the historical buildings, which instead make up Milan’s history, there is for example Torre Velasca, built in the 60s with a height of 106 meters and 26 usable floors. With its brutalist style, it is in fact, a representative monument of a certain historical period. Above all it is an architectural testimony of overcoming the rationalism in vogue during those years. It also stands on an area that was devastated by bombings during the Second World War and was built completely in just 292 days.

The most famous skyscraper in Milan is undoubtedly the Pirelli skyscraper, commonly called the Pirellone. It is where the Lombardy regional council is located, and it held the record for the tallest building in Europe until 1966. Built from a project by Gio Ponti, it is a work that reflects the dictates of rationalism. It is 127 meters tall spanning 31 floors and its reinforced concrete roof makes it one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Even today it is possible to admire the view of the city from the 32nd floor.

In front of the Pirellone, Torre Galfa is another building of great historical value for the city of Milan which was also built in the 1960s and is currently undergoing a profound restoration process that will ferry it into the present and future, thanks to the presence of residential apartments managed by Halldis, with high quality furnishings and spectacular views of the city. From the get go, the project, shared with the Municipality of Milan was to convert the tower from business and office use to a hospitality and hotel destination.


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