Anecdotes and curiosities
Since 2007, the skyscraper has hosted the “Vertical Sprint”, a special climbing contest: 31 floors and 710 steps in record time. The winners reach the top in under 4 minutes.
The particular technique used for the foundation has the skyscraper resting on an enormous cement cube base. The cube draws on deep layers of the subsoil of Milan that are rich in water and allows the building the potential oscillation of 14cm at its vertex on both its sides (Duca D’Aosta and Fabio Filzi). This means that the skyscraper could withstand a shockwave equivalent to winds of 400 kilometers an hour.
The design of the skyscraper was an inspiration for the construction of the historic Pan Am Building (now MetLife Building) in New York.
Not to lost
The 31st floor, known as the “Belvedere” (open to the public on designated days of the year and special occasions). The 26th floor, known as the “Piano della memoria”: the central portion has been left empty in memory of the two people who died when a tourist plane crashed into the building on April 18th, 2002. The Exhibition hall, the Galvani Hall.