the Torre Arcobaleno (Rainbow Tower)
The Torre Arcobaleno was created in 1990.
Before then, the structure had been only an old grey concrete water tower, erected in 1964 within the railway station grounds of Porta Garibaldi.
For the Soccer World Cup staged in Italy in 1990, Milan decided to save the artefact from degradation, with the aim of promoting a new attitude of care and pride in favour of its ur-ban heritage.
Urban renewal, which also included the recovery of an old railway bridge located between Viale Corsica and Viale Forlanini – later named Passage to the north-east – was sponsored and promoted by the Sports and Recreation Department of the Milan City Council and by the State Railways.
The project, entrusted to the Milan firm Original Designer 6R5 – made up of Francesco Roggero, Bruno Rossio, Giuseppe Bossi and Albino Pozzi – was made possible thanks to the support of Marazzi Ceramiche, which supplied the ceramic material and specialist consultancy to overcome technical problems, Mapei for the supply of installation materials and finally Tampini, a company operating in the floor and wall covering marketing field.