Building sights in Milan
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Empress Maria Theresa’s favourite architect Giuseppe Piermarini gave this old town hall and Visconti palace a neoclassical overhaul in the late 18th century. Its supremely elegant interiors were all but destroyed by WWII bombs; the Sala delle Cariatidi remains unrenovated as a grim reminder of war’s indiscriminate destruction. The palazzo has a small permanent art collection, but brings in the crowds with blockbuster shows from artists as diverse as Balla, Bacon and Vivienne Westwood.
Billowing glass sails by architect Massimiliano Fuksas ingeniously cover the oil stains where the Agip refinery once stood, and float over 1.3 kilometres of reclaimed exhibition space. A $750-million marvel of engineering made with 100,000 glass pieces, this magical megastructure levitates the bar for the Salone del Mobile and other events held here - and Italian architecture, too.