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By Giuseppe Terragni (1937)
A formidable pioneer of rationalism, Giuseppe Terragni labored to bring high-quality housing to the masses. His use of facade-screens and classically derived proportions imbue his work with a distinctive allure. Terragni's close working relationship with the authorities gave a streamlined, transparent face to Mussolini's fascist regime.
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Gio Ponti (1938)
A heavyweight across design disciplines—architecture, industrial, and furniture design—Gio Ponti was a renaissance man for the 20th century. With a career spanning over five decades, Ponti oversaw the development of modernism in Italy, largely through the renowned architecture periodical, Domus, which he founded in 1928.
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Corso Italia Housing Complex
Luigi Moretti (1956)
Perhaps best know for this work under during the fascist administration, Luigi Moretti dedicated his later career to addressing Italy's chronic housing shortages. His competition-winning Corso Italia complex re-imagined block housing into elegant, street-scaled architecture with clear cinematic qualities.
BBPR Architectural Partnership (1958)
One of the first skyscrapers in Italy, Torre Velasca dominates the Milanese skyline. The building's projecting upper floors and design elements recall the city's medieval watchtowers, extolling the local context of the mammoth building.
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Gio Ponti and Pier Luigi Nervi (1958)
A dream team of modern masters, Ponti and Nervi worked together to design the groundbreaking Pirelli tower. Abandoning the prototypical boxy, glazed skyscraper, Ponti and Nervi sculpted the Pirelli Tower into a slender, tapering profile appropriate for Milan's urban character.
Photo: Tommaso [via flickr]
Gallaratese II Housing
Aldo Rossi (1970)
A giant of architectural theory, Aldo Rossi advocated for a deeper understanding of urbanism in the practice of architecture. His housing complex in Milan's Gallaratese district is designed as a city-in-a-building, reducing and replicating the spatial experiences of urban life within a single architectural expression.
Park Associati boldly renovated the former Palazzo Campari into a sophisticated contemporary office building. Asymmetrical glazing patterns animate the building's facade and create a pleasing visual rhythm.
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New Milan Trade Fair
Studio Fuksas (2005)
Architectural power couple Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas were selected to redesign the Milan Trade Fair complex, one of Europe's largest trade fair and exhibition centers. Studio Fuksas greatly expanded the complex and unified it under a continuous, serpentine glass canopy. Each year, the center hosts the Milan Furniture Fair, which brings together architects, designers, and industry leaders every April.