Tile-clad tower forms a permanent rainbow in Milan

In addition to a vertical forest, the Italian city now boasts a vertical rainbow to soften its industrial atmosphere.

Clad with hundreds of thousands of varicoloured tiles, the exterior of Torre Arcobaleno – which translates as Rainbow Tower – gives the industrial Italian city a vibrant injection of colour. Situated within Milan's up-and-coming business district Porto Garibaldi – and within view of Stefano Boeri's recently completed Bosco Verticale towers – the concrete structure first came into existence in 1964 for its purpose as a water reservoir. First upgraded in 1990 when Italy hosted the World Cup, the building donned its colourful coat especially for Milan Expo 2015. Marazzi supplied more than 100,000 ceramic tiles – each measuring 10cm by 10cm – to surface the monolith's arched facade. The spectral skin is the result of a vast mosaic in 14 hues.

The architects at Original Designers 6R5 Network teamed up with companies Bazzea - B Construction Technology, Condor, Fila Solutions, Mapei and Marazzi to complete the project in only 71 days and was gifted to Milan just before the start of the Expo.

Photos courtesy of Torre Arcobaleno



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