Pirelli skyscraper

The Pirelli skyscraper, which the Milanese, with great affection, call “the Pirellone”, for 35 years was Italy’s tallest building. To this day, it still remains one of the world’s tallest reinforced concrete skyscrapers. 

The “Pirellone” reaches 127 in height. Of its 31 storeys, 2 are below ground. Since it was first built, it became one of Milan’s symbols and, more generally speaking, of Italy’s economic renaissance. The building was designed in 1950, and built between 1956 and 1961. It crowned one of Italy’s best economic periods of growth. The Pirelli skyscraper stands in a very central area of Milan, just in front of Milan’s Central Railway station (Milano Centrale). It’s impossible to miss.

For almost 50 years, the Pirelli building was Milan’s tallest skyscraper. Its record was beaten only in 2010, by the Lombardy Building (Palazzo Lombardia), with its 161 metres (a record then beaten in 2011 by the UniCredit Tower, which is Italy’s tallest building with its 231 metres).

The history of Milan’s “Pirellone” is really fascinating, and for many reasons too: the project is certainly ambitious, greatly impacting Milan, while also influencing world architecture.



Presented by Romano Pisciotti

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