Near Stazione Centrale there’s the Torre Breda, a skyscraper facing Piazza della Repubblica between via Vittor Pisani and viale Tunisia. It was designed in 1954 by Luigi Mattioni, an architect who designed other Milanese skyscrapers. The Torre Breda is 117 m high (383 ft) and it’s the fifth highest skyscraper of Milan after Torre Cesar Pelli A (231 m – 757 ft), Palazzo Lombardia (161 m – 528 ft), Torre Diamante (140 m – 459 ft) and Grattacielo Pirelli (127 m – 416 ft).
The skyscraper has 30 floors and the first eight floors house offices; the rest houses private flats. On top of the skyscraper there’s the typical oval turret, the access to the terrace. In 2009, thanks to a restoration, the building’s previous splendour was reinstated. At the time it was built, it was the highest building of Italy, as well as the first one to surpass the Madonnina’s height, thus breaking a law promulgated at the time of Fascism. Nowadays, together with the other skyscrapers in that area and the new buildings part of project Porta Nuova, the Torre Breda is part of an urban sector of Milan that is the first one with modern skyscrapers.