Palazzo Berri-Meregalli – Milan, Italy - Atlas Obscura
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Milan, Italy

Palazzo Berri-Meregalli

This curious building hides eclectic details like medieval gargoyles alongside naked angels and Art Nouveau mosaics.  

At first glance, the building looks gray and stark. Take a closer look, and you’ll soon notice little details that hint otherwise. Pops of color become apparent, as do floral patterns that seem to soften its foreboding appearance.

The building, which was built between 1911 and 1913, is a mix of architectural inspiration that spans diverse periods of time. This mishmash of styles blends antiquity with the contemporary designs of the early 20th century.

Each detail in itself is a bit esoteric. The building’s arches mirror those found on old Roman loggias. Gargoyles, most commonly seen clinging to the sides of Gothic buildings, peer from the outer walls. Classic examples of Stile Liberty, Italy’s version of Art Nouveau, abound as well. Mosaics of both gold and colorful glass glimmer in the sun. Geometric flowers and patterns inspired by nature become unlikely companions for the ghoulish, medieval-style gargoyles.

Happily, you aren’t limited to admiring the eclectic architectural work from the outside. Though it’s a private residence full of individual apartments, it’s possible to visit the lobby. This area alone is quite large and packed with fascinating features. The Art Nouveau paintings that stretch across the ceiling are colorful and captivating, and even the floor looks like a work of art. The strange sculptures by Adolfo Wildt add a sense of mystery.

Know Before You Go

The area is filled with interesting buildings from the same period so don’t forget to keep your eyes up while visiting the neighborhood. You can even see a flock of Pink Flamingos in the park of the Villa Invernizzi, Via Cappuccini, 7, just a few blocks away.