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Gio Ponti: Pirelli Tower

The Idea:
Located in Milan (Italy), Pirelli Tower is one of the most important symbols of the city and represents a significant evidence of Italian Rationalism.
Commissioned by Alberto Pirelli, president and owner of the giant Pirelli tyre company, it was built by famous architect and designer Gio Ponti during the years 1956-1960, with the assistance of Pier Luigi Nervi and Giuseppe Valtolina.

With its 127 m of height, it was the tallest building in the European Union from 1958 to 1966, and the third in the world to be built of reinforced concrete, instead of steel. In Milan, it was for almost 50 years - till 2010 - the tallest building of the city.
Moreover, with its particular design, it has even inspired the construction of Telefunken-Hochhaus in Berlin, of MetLife Building (originally called Pan Am Building) in New York, of Torre Banc de Sabadell in Barcelona, and of Lonza Group skyscraper in Basel.

Keywords: art, architecture, Italian Rationalism, Gio Ponti, Italy, Milan, Pirelli.

The Set:
The purpose of this set is to give tribute to one of the main and historical buildings of the city of Milan and to strengthen the bonding between LEGO pieces and art.
This set has been built using LEGO Digital Designer in a first phase and completed through

Size: 14.4 x 6.4 x 24.0 cm (5.7 x 2.5 x 9.4 inches)
Pieces: 684 pieces

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