As you hop off tram no. 15 you’ll feel a bit displaced, but surely not misplaced. This pretty block is one of the most unexpected sights in Milan, not just because you’ll see many elegant Liberty-style houses, but also because you will spot a couple of super fascinating Tudor-style houses among them. You see, these houses would be typical of England and Germany or Northern Europe too, but they clearly are one-of-a-kind in central/South Milan.
Rumor has it that these timber-frame houses with sloping roofs were built by a couple of German pianists who wanted a house that reminded them of their homeland or, as some say, by an Englishwoman who asked a Milanese architect to put a little Tudor in her humble abode. Either way, the whole area was developed between the 1920s and 30s and the mixture of Liberty, eclectic and Tudor style really makes Via Giambologna a unique block.
Besides, right across Via Castelbarco you can check out the new campus and branches of famous Bocconi School of Management. These futuristic buildings were created by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa from SANAA Studio with an eye to sustainability; they are part of a general renovation of this district, that was originally the home of Milan’s old Dairy factory (Centrale del Latte), that was only recently dismantled. This area is a great example of Milan’s effort to strive towards a greener future while celebrating a bright and peculiar past.