A little-known district in Milan is what it’s called Maggiolina: It is about a residential areaCharacterized by presence of greeneryfrom calm and from an elegant context consisting of low buildings.
It got its name from a farmin fact La Maggiolina, which once lay along the banks of the Seveso River and whose existence is attested in some documents from the 1600s: the farmhouse was then demolished in the 1920s, leaving its memory only in the name of the neighborhood and one of its Riddle.
Let’s find out what is there to see in this area of Milan.
Once located in the countryside on the outskirts of Milan, the villa is an example of Suburban house from the fifteenth century which served as a summer resort: it also hosted Ludovico il Moro, lord of Milan.
The very beautiful structure is characterized by exposed bricks, old frescoes, a courtyard and a small chapel.
Made byarchitect Luigi Figini towards the middle of the 30s it has a special structure with 12 concrete columns that lift it from the ground: it is the first example in Milan of rationalist architecture and is equipped with numerous facilities including a solarium and a fitness centre.
Maggiolina is the one first example of a garden city in Italy: The need for this type of residential areas arose in the second half of the nineteenth century, when the first damage from industrial development began to show itself on the environment. Therefore, there is a need for a redesign of the cities with the aim of improving the quality of life by expanding green areas.
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It’s about very special constructionsmade by the engineer Mario Cavallè i 1946which was inspired by the architecture of the circular houses then in vogue in the United States: they are small houses of about 50 square meters
developed on two levels, still inhabited today.
Cavallè also designed the mushroom houses himself, which no longer exist today because they were demolished in the 1960s.
It was the first restaurant in Milan to serve fresh fish: originally called Vecchia Riccione, in the early sixties it was visited only by passing truck drivers and offered Romagna cuisine, but over time it became a luxury restaurant.
Founded in 1966, it is considered among the best patisseries in the whole country and its specificity is to work not only with research of taste, but also of aesthetics and variety.
Located in Piazza Carbonari, it was designed in 1960 byarchitect Caccia Dominioni with the desire to create a strong contrast to the context: it is indeed a bourgeois owner-occupied apartmentwho choose solutions that are sought in form and materials, within a suburban area.
This building, yet to be built, will rise on the rubble of a building that was in a state of neglect and decay: Torre Milano, a new eco-sustainable skyscraperwill it be loud 86 meterswill be flanked by two lower two-storey buildings and will accommodate 100 apartments.
The housing complex made of small villas it is called Journalistlandsbyen, as they used to live there editors, writers and journalistsincluding the founder and first director of “Corriere dei Piccoli” Silvio Spaventa Filippi.
Piazza Carbonati, raised above street level, it was artificially created in 1912 to allow continuity in the ring road of the regions.
100 years after its construction, it has recently been redesigned and renovated in 2012increase the green area and create a cycle path.
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