Via Paolo Giovio 41
The Pirelli Tower is Gio Ponti’s best known building in the city where he was based, but the architect was prolific in Milano and his oeuvre includes two remarkable 1960s churches. The Chiesa di San Francesco was designed with Antonio Fornaroli and Alberto Rosselli, and completed in 1964. The facade is clad almost entirely in diamond-shaped tiles and is set back from the street, with the east and west wings recessed further, providing a screen that encloses the internal courtyards behind.
The tiles and hexagonal windows are a Ponti signature, and those to the left and right of the nave are left open, framing the sky. Also worth a visit is Ponti’s Chiesa dell’Ospedale San Carloon Via Papa Pio.