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Igloos in Milan. A post war housing solution

Igloos in Milan are a major example of architectural diversity of the capital of fashion and design. Their construction demonstrates how iconic and vibrant was the design scene just a few years after the second world conflict. Igloos in Milan. A brief history The igloo houses in Milan were built in 1946 on a project by architect and engineer Mario Cavallè, who also designed the mushroom houses which were demolished at the beginning of the sixties. These particular contructions own their origin to the need of those left homeless by the allied bombing which took place in Milan during the…

Milan brings its Coliseum back to life

Milan brings its Coliseum back to life As you probably know Milan has a long history! Founded back in the VII century before Christ. Its Roman era left an impressive heritage to the city which is about to come back to life. Roman ruins are visible throughout the city. Particularly worthy of note are the roman ruins in Via Brisa, just a few steps from the city centre and the ones at the metro station of Piazza Duomo. Milan used to be the capital of the Western Roman Empire (286 BC), and a city of this calibre needed to have…

Milan is in the middle of an architectural frenzy

The architectural frenzy of the city of Milan started back on the 11th of May 2011 when the MICO Milan Convention Centre was officially opened. Designed by architect Mario Bellini the MICO features an impressive art work made of iron which covers the entire rooftop of the convention centre. The Milanese people called it the comet. This stunning piece of architecture has now become a landmark of the city, an emblem that distinguish the urban soul of Milan. A few months after the big opening of the convention centre of Milan, another new development draw the attention of the architecture…

Versace’s home is up for sale

Versace‘s home is up for sale in the heart of Milan, the capital of fashion and design. Among the celebrities houses for sale, has certainly made news that of Santo Versace, the brother of the iconic fashion designer Gianni and the equally talented Donatella, who had to revise down the sale price of his house in the center of Milan. A mansion not exactly easy to place given the exorbitant price of 33 million euros, price revised after the vain attempt to sell it five years ago, when it was proposed at 49 million euros. A building of about 2,000…

Brera Design District: a must see in Milan

Brera Design District is one of the most popular neighbourhood of Milan and particularly during Design Week it becomes a hotspot for creativity and innovation. The Brera Design District owes its name to the main street that crosses this area of the city (Via Brera) where the Accademia delle Belle Arti (School of Arts) and the Pinacoteca di Brera (National Museum) are. The co-existance of these two renowned institutions made of the Brera Design District, since the beginning of the XXth century, a popular destination for creative minds, artists and designers. It has been considered as the most bohemian and…