Pirelli Skyscraper

Pirelli skyscraper: an enchanting point of view

After a tragic plane crash that affected the Pirelli skyscraper in April 2002, a restoration began on the building. Particular focus was given to the Belvedere on the 31st floor, already strongly felt by the architect Gio Ponti in the original design as a fundamental element of the building.

The restoration project, undertaken by the architecture studios De8 and Enrico Garbin of 2Architetti and re-inaugurated in 2009, endeavored to consolidate the function of the Belvedere as a "square" or "theater", as it had been originally conceived by Gio Ponti. The structure of exposed concrete - which made the Pirelli skyscraper "a finite form of incorruptible materials" has been maintained, while a glossy white glass volume - a bubble -, subdivided and dismountable, that mask and hide the technical volumes, has been designed anew.

The Pirelli Belvedere is open to public during special occasions, such as the National Day of the FAI (Italian Environment Fund).

Photo Credits: De8 Architetti + lovelymilano (B/N)

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