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The UniCredit Tower, which including its spire is 231 metres high, has been the highest Italian building from 2011 to 2015 (today the highest one is the Isozaki Tower).
Its extremely sinuous shape, has a fully glazed northern façade, while the southern one is modulated by the horizontal lines of solar control louvres for a more accurate solar radiation. The spire, a characteristic element of the whole project, has a spiral shape which tends to taper upwards and is a clear reference to the spires of Milan Cathedral. Its position with respect to the gravity center of the building has led to considerable statics studies on the impact of wind and atmospheric agents on the building itself. The material chosen for the tower is steel, which was perforated so as to prevent the formation of ice.
The building was designed by architect César Pelli and was topped out on 15 October 2011, with the attachment of its spire, whose LED lights can change colour, which is particularly evocative in special days like Festa della Repubblica (the Italian national day) when the spire takes the Italian flag’s colours or when the lilac underground line was opened at Garibaldi station, which transformed the spire into a lilac lighthouse.
Wikipedia: UniCredit Tower
Official website: UniCredit Tower