Milan, Italian: Milano is a city in northern Italy, capital of Lombardy, and the second-most populous city proper in Italy after Rome. It is the only European city with GDP greater than its corresponding national capital’s.
The city has been recognized as one of the world’s four fashion capitals, thanks to several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair.
Milan is an interesting Street Photography destination, with all its contrasting facets, you’ll get an unique potpouri for a colourfull shooting. Enjoy capturing the city!
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Gigina Necchi Campiglio and Nedda Necchi came from Pavia, a provincial town south of Milan. Gigina’s husband Angelo Campiglio was in charge of the family business, an iron foundry.
But the fashionable city beckoned and the Necchis decided to take the plunge together. Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi was hired to design an Art Deco villa.
At the parties and parties that the Necchis gave, they caused a furore with the daring architectural style for that time (1932-1935).
The project was designed as part of the rehabilitation of the historic district of Milan between Via De Castillia and Confalonieri. It consists of two residential towers of which the largest is 26 floors and 110 meters high (called Torre E) and the smaller tower is 18 floors and 76 meters high (called Torre D). It contains 400 condominium units priced from 3,000 Euro per square metre and higher.
It is called Bosco Verticale because each tower houses trees between three and six meters which help mitigate smog and produce oxygen. It is also used to moderate temperatures in the building in the winter and summer. The plants also attenuate noise.
The design was tested in a wind tunnel to ensure the trees would not topple from gusts of wind. Botanists and horticulturalists were consulted by the engineering team to ensure that the structure could bear the imposed by the plants. The steel-reinforced concrete balconies are designed to be 28 cm thick, with 1.30 metre parapets.
The Naviglio Pavese is one of the canals making up the Navigli system in Lombardy, Italy. Once navigable, it is 33 km long and connected the city of Milan to Pavia, and through a flight of six locks to the River Ticino.
Construction started in 1564, but was interrupted 20 years later just outside Milan due to technical problems: the lock there is still called Conca Fallata, which in Italian means “Failed Lock”. Building resumed at the beginning of the 19th century and was completed in 1819.
The canal was finally closed to navigation in the 1960s, but work has recently started to restore it back to full navigation.