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AD Classics: Pirelli Tower / Gio Ponti, Pier Luigi Nervi

05:00 - 27 February, 2014
AD Classics: Pirelli Tower / Gio Ponti, Pier Luigi Nervi, © Flickr user IK's World Trip
© Flickr user IK's World Trip

In contrast with its traditional Milanese surroundings, the Pirelli Tower is one of the earliest examples of Modern skyscrapers in Italy. Affectionately called "Il Pirellone” (The Big Pirelli), the 127 meter tower stood as Italy’s tallest building from 1958 to 1995. The design of the structure, led by architect/designer Gio Ponti and engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, featured a tapered plan—as opposed to the conventional rectilinear volume which was prevalent in America—encouraging greater creative freedom during a time when skyscrapers typically lacked experimentation.

Interior. Image Courtesy of Università Iuav di Venezia - SBD, Archivio Progetti, Giorgio Casali's archive Courtesy of Università Iuav di Venezia - SBD, Archivio Progetti, Giorgio Casali's archive © Wikipedia Commons user LapoLuchini © Flickr user mava + 14