- L (over 1000 m²)
The 5th of May the tower has been occupied by a group of artists, naming the new space Macao (http://wmacao.tumblr.com/): the intention is to transform the building into a new center for artists in Milan (see http://bit.ly/JIjFZo in italian).
The Galfa Building or Galfa Tower (Torre Galfa in Italian) is a skyscraper in Milan, Italy, located in the Centro Direzionale di Milano district, north of the city centre (see History for a full description).
The Galfa Building or Galfa Tower (Torre Galfa in Italian) is a skyscraper in Milan, Italy, located in the Centro Direzionale di Milano district, north of the city centre. It was designed by architect Melchiorre Bega in 1956 and completed in 1959. The name "Galfa" is a portmanteau derived from the names of the two streets where the tower has its facades, Via Galvani and Via Fara.
The building is 109 meters and 31 floors high, with 2 more underground floors, and qualifies as the sixth highest skyscraper in Milan.
The overall design of the tower is mainly based on the International Style architecture. The building is rectangular, with the two lowest floors larger than the main body. The main structure in reinforced concrete is almost completely hidden by curtain walls made of glass and aluminium.
The tower was originally built for the Sarom company; in the mid-1970s, it was sold by Sarom to the Popolare di Milano bank, and thereafter served as a service centre and headquarter of the bank. In 2006, Popolare sold the building for 48 million euros to a real estate company, which still owns it. At present, the tower needs restructuring and is not in use.