Ernesto Nathan Rogers, 1958
Ernesto Nathan Rogers was born in Trieste to a British father and an Italian mother. He received his degree in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano in 1932. In the same year he founded BBPR architectural studio with fellow students Lodovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti and Gian Luigi Banfi. In the period between the two world wars, Rogers’ activity coincided with his commitment to the BBPR studio. As editor-in-chief of two important architectural magazines, “Domus” (January 1946 – December 1947) and “Casabella” (1953 – 1965), and in particular with his famous articles, Rogers progressively defined an original theoretical approach to architecture.
RICE entrusted BBPR (Banfi, Belgiojoso, Peresutti, Rogers) with the project. At the time, the City regulation called for a volumetric plan with a closed courtyard, with buildings an average of 30 meters high to a total volume of 143,000 cubic meters in the area.
In exchange for a reduction of the overall volume, the release of much of the ground floor for public use and the free sale of 1650 square meters, the City Council agreed to the construction of the skyscraper. Right from the beginning, municipal deeds mentioned the tower.
After two years of work with the engineer Arturo Danusso of Turin, the BBPR studio completed the tower project.
The construction of the tower, already called Velasca during the construction phase, began.
Torre Velasca’s film debut was in the Dino Risi film “The Widower” where Alberto (Alberto Sordi) and his wife Elvira (Franca Valeri) lived on the nineteenth floor of Torre Velasca.
The architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers, one of the four members of the BBPR studio, died. Gian Luigi Banfi had died back in 1945 in a Nazi concentration camp. Enrico Peressutti passed away in 1976, and Lodovico Barbiano del Belgiojoso in 2004.
The writer and journalist Aldo Pasetti published a collection of stories about the miracle of Torre Velasca.
The Missori station on subway line 3 opened. It had a Velasca exit.
Torre Velasca in the USA In his show “Milano upsidedown” at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, Marco Petrus showed his paintings of Torre Velasca.
The Superintendence for Cultural Heritage named Torre Velasca an historic landmark status.
The American company Hines, in partnership with Prelios SGR, bought Torre Velasca from Unipol.
Recovery and enhancement of Torre Velasca began, entrusted to the Asti Architetti studio.