We continue along Corso Venezia towards San Babila and turn left into via Gabrio Serbelloni and then left again into via Cappuccini. The most famous Quadrilateral in Milan is the exclusive fashion quarter but there is another one, much less hectic and lively, a dreamy tangle of streets poetically defined as the Silent Quadrilateral which is definitely worth a stroll. Nestled between Corso Venezia and Corso Monforte, this central but calm oasis of nineteenth-century Milan is a short walk from San Babila, it could once count amongst its admirers Parini and Stendhal and, amongst its inhabitants, famous personalities such as the painter Carlo Carrà and the poet Filippo Marinetti. The Case Berri Meregalli, designed by Giulio Ulisse Arata, are located on the block formed by via Cappuccini, via Barozzi and via Mozart. The edifice at via Cappuccini 8 is a striking mélange of styles and it represents the latest example of Milanese Liberty architecture. If, on the one hand, it incorporates the ashlar masonry typical of medieval architecture and Roman art with squat and lowered dimensions, the building also has elements emblematic of Milan’s Art Nouveau showcased in the floral and plant motifs on the façade, together with the sculpted details. The uppermost section of the building is richly ornamented with large carved cherubs clinging to downspouts and many decorative animal themes (rams, fish, frogs, owls, dogs and lions) prevail over floral ones. However, it also demonstrates the love for Byzantine-type golden mosaics that seem to clash with the red bricks. In the fascinating entrance hall you can admire the mosaics and ceilings by Angiolo D'Andrea and Adamo Rimoldi along with the famous Victory sculpture by Adolfo Wildt from 1919.
Via Mozart 21 is the first of the Berri Meregalli houses to have been built and features imposing frescoed female figures on the façade. The main balcony is decorated with mighty balustrades and ram's heads, while the French window is adorned with a tympanum fragmented with a ram's head.