The architectural area around Parco Sempione is all about the nineteenth century - from Napoleon era to the placement of the “piano Beruto”, the first Milano city masterplan - this fresh garden in the city centre is a prosperous architectural resource of the twentieth-century. It connects the perspective that links Castello Sforzesco and Arco della Pace, surrounded by gardens all around.
The most important monuments are the Palazzo dell’Arte by Giovanni Muzio, also known as Triennale, and the Branca Tower by Gio Ponti. Both monuments were built at the beginning of the 30s and both are two of the finest examples of rationalist architecture. Walking a few meters in the direction of Piazza Cadorna, you find the Casa al Parco by Ignazio Gardella. It is located just in front of Parco Sempione and it was built between 1947 and 1950, a true postwar jewel.
On the other side of the Sforza Castle there is the Civic Aquarium - one of the most ancient in Europe, placed in a little decò-style building designed by Locati in 1906, during the international exposition in Milan - and only a few steps out of the park, in the direction of Brera, there is the Piccolo Teatro Strehler, designed by Zanuso and Crescini at the end of the 70s and built by the end of the century.
Some other buildings, hidden in the heart of the park, are worth a visit. The Parco Sempione library, designed by Ico Parisi in the 50s, and two other monuments: the “Accumulazione musicale e seduta” by Arman realized in 1973 - a semi-circular area where the artist submerged chairs and instruments in concrete - creating an amphitheater - and the “Teatro Continuo” by Burri, recently rebuilt.