A XIX century’s secret Courtyard

Today, we try something different. From Navigli we take Via Cesare Correnti, heading north, to Duomo. I am particularly fond of Via Cesare Correnti: it is full of old shops and boutiques. Its unusualness stands in comparison with more fashionable and crowded streets nowadays. Here, shopwindows are old and dark. Store signs are gloomy. This street reminds me of old pictures of Milan from the ’90s, or the ’80s perhaps. Continue reading


Babel / Milan – Torre Velasca

Torre Velasca is a skyscraper built in 1956, in Milan. Its architects, Gian Luigi Banfi, Lodovico Barbiano di Belgioioso, Enrico Peressuti and Ernest Nathan Rogers, were the BBPR partners, a group of architects that designed many famous Italian post-modern buildings.

Torre Velasca is 106 meters high (348ft) and counts 26 floors. Its mushroom-like shape made the historians conjecture that BBPR partners aimed at reinterpreting the shape of a typical medieval house, the tower. I think they were pursuing a more ambitious plan, trying to break the limits of the most common architectural canon: the higher you go, the thinner your building. Continue reading