Torre Velasca is a skyscraper in Milan, located in the homonymous square. Its name derives from the name of the Spanish politician Juan Fernández de Velasco, Duke of Milan in the 17th century.
The building was designed by Studio BBPR for the company Ri.C.E. (Ricostruzione Comparti Edilizi SpA), which in 1949 obtained from the Municipality of Milan the license to build a multi-storey building for mixed commercial and residential use, following the devastation inflicted by the heavy bombings of the Second World War.
The design studies began in 1950, with the collaboration of the Turin engineer Arturo Danusso, and were immediately directed towards the creation of a new symbol of the post-war rebirth of Milan.
The final design of the building was completed in 1955, and was approved by the client and carried out by the General Real Estate Company between 1956 and 1957. The construction work lasted 292 days, ending eight days ahead of schedule.
Following some changes of ownership in the 2000s, the building passed to the Fondiaria Sai, part of the Ligresti Group and, subsequently, after the merging with Unipol, it became part of the real estate assets of the new company UnipolSai, which carried out a total renovation. In October 2019, Torre Velasca was sold to the American group Hines, for 220 million €.
Torre Velasca, about 100 meters in height, has a mushroom-like shape. The building develops on a rectangular base plan and rises 28 floors, two of which are underground. The terminal module of the building has a wider plan than the underlying floors.
Between the 15th and 18th floors, the most characteristic aspect of the building can be seen – the load-bearing structure designed by the engineer Arturo Danusso to support the upper module that houses the remaining 8 floors destined for residential use.
The structure consists of 20 oblique beams with a trilobal section that emerge from the external elevations and which are grafted to the upper pillars and to the large connecting struts.
HOW TO GET THERE
The closest Metro station is Missori, located about 220 meters away, on the Metro Line 3. The closest bus stop is Missori M3, located in front of the building, on the bus Lines 73, N24, N27 and NM1. To find the building on foot, use the map below.