Laughing in the face of its reputation as Italy’s “ugly city”, a new book celebrates the beautiful entryways of Milan. While most people might not know it, hidden behind the brutalist facades of its buildings, Milan’s charming, marble-clad entryways are waiting to welcome with their graphic splendor, a fact German editor Karl Kolbitz is keen to illuminate in his new Taschen book, Entryways of Milan.   

Looking beyond the facades of 144 Milanese buildings, the book focuses on some of the finest examples of Italian modernist hallways created by the city’s most famous architects, including Piero Portaluppi, Gio Ponti and Giovanni Muzio. Mixing public and private spaces, the images capture the juxtaposition of the outside and the in, the restrained concrete against the colorful, geometry of stone murals.