One of the most ancient civilizations of all times, Italy has an architectural legacy that can’t be denied.
Amazing structures and buildings have been built over the centuries all over Italy, coming to redefine the country’s culture and, more recently, its cities’ skylines. If you are traveling to Milan to attend Salone del Mobile, we advise you to stay a few extra days and indulge in some of the most remarkable Italian architecture examples, which you will only find in Milan. Among iconic Italian buildings such as Duomo Cathedral, you will also find newer constructions designed by renowned architects of modern days.
See below the 10 remarkable buildings you must see while in Milan!
The 3rd largest church in the world after St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Seville Cathedral, Duomo Cathedral is probably Milan’s most known building. A majestic work of art that took nearly six centuries to complete, Duomo Milano reveals signs of Gothic work, which leave tourists and locals in awe day after day.
In a completely different style, we have Unicredit Tower, Milan’s tallest building. With the spire at the top, it reaches 231 meters high, being visible from pretty much any point in the city. It was completed in 2012, and six years after that, many other skyscrapers came to redefine Milan’s skyline.
Part of a three building project, Allianz Tower, designed by architect Arata Isozaki, was the first of the three to be completed in 2015. The year after, it was considered by Emporis to be the 3rd best skyscraper in the world. Nowadays, another one of the three buildings is already complete, and you can see it below.
Generali Tower & PwC Tower
Generali Tower and PwC Tower are the two other buildings which are a part of this complex. The first, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects will be 100% finished this year, and the complete façade can already be seen right next to Allianz Tower. It is commonly known as Lo Storto (The Twisted One) and it clearly represents the Zaha Hadid Architect iconic lines we so well know. PwC Tower, known as Il Curvo (The Curved One) was designed by Daniel Libeskind and it is to be finished in 2020.
Home to government offices, Palazzo Lombardia was designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and completed in 2010. Since then, it has won the International Architecture Award for the best new global design in 2012 and it is today one of the most important buildings in the city.
Pirelli Tower is actually one of the first skyscrapers to have ever been built in Milan. The project by Giò Ponti was completed in 1958 and it was Italy’s tallest building until 1996! It also served as a model for the MetLife Building in New York City and Alpha Tower in Birmingham, showcasing the power of Italian architecture.
143 meters high, with 37 stories, this is Solaria Tower, the biggest residential building in all Italy. The project by architecture firm Arquitectonica was completed in 2013 and it’s unique architecture has been elevating the Milan architecture scene since then.
BNP Paribas Tower
The building which was originally nicknamed as Diamond Tower, BNP Paribas Tower was designed by Kohn Pederson Fox and completed in 2012. Very close to Milan’s tallest building, Unicredit Tower, you won’t miss it when you’re walking around the city photographing all these amazing architectural examples.
Designed by architect Stefano Boeri, Bosco Verticale was completed in 2014. At 111 meters and 27 stories, the residential tower was actually the first model of vertical densification of nature in a city. Nowadays, it’s an iconic image within Milan’s skyline and a fine example of Italian architecture done right!
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