The exhibition opens with a model of the building from the Gio Ponti Archives, placed in front of a large wall that welcomes visitors as they come out of the lifts on the “memory” floor, the 26th. They are greeted by a reproduction of a sketch by Ponti himself, which sums up his vision of Milan, of which the Pirellone is still an undisputed landmark.
The pictures and information concerning the construction of the tower tell the story of the brilliant design by Gio Ponti and the various construction phases of this reinforced concrete building that is a celebration of “finished form”.
The ground-breaking design was not just on the outside, for the interiors of the tower adopted the latest criteria along extremely modern lines: the lifts, air conditioning, and open spaces were just some of the innovations that make the building unique also on the inside.
During the post-war Reconstruction, Milan was the driving force behind the new start and at the heart of the economic miracle. “The City Rises”, aspiring to be on a par with the new European capitals.
It was 1978 when the building became the symbol of a new institution: that of Lombardy Region. A new chapter opened for the Tower and still today it is the seat of the Council of Lombardy Region.
A timeline accompanies the visitor through these 60 years of history, retracing the most important events of Italian and international history from 1956 to the present day.