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


Entering the Medieval Town

Via Edmondo de Amicis defines the upper boundary of the Navigli area, in Milan. It is 1,5 Km far from Darsena and equally distant from Duomo. During the Medieval Age, this road flanked the walls of Milan and, in two different places connected the entrance gates to the city centre (Porta Ticinese and Pusterla di Sant’Ambrogio).

Pusterla di Sant’Ambrogio, despite being the minor entrance, is the most fascinating to me. Built during the XII century, the Spanish turned it into a prison in the 16th century. Gino Chierici restored the tower in 1939, rebuilding it after few ruins were left.

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The wanderer, the explorer, the saint

Sunday morning in Milan, 08.30 am. The city awakens in this very moment. Shops and cafes are opening, people jogging or walking their dogs. I have been wandering for 2 hours, so far.

When I left my bed, this morning, it was 6.25 am. I sat on the bed and contemplated the sun light glowing over the curtain of my windows. Then, I went out. Continue reading


Il Giardino Conchetta Verde

Not far from Via San Gottardo, after taking via Pavia and turning in via Troilo afterwards, the ruins of some building bombed during the W.W. 2, later demolished, provided the necessary space to create a small garden with benches, trees and flowers. There I found this lovely decorated tree that reminded me of some older games I used to play when I was a child. Continue reading