We visit Carlo Aymonino and Aldo Rossi’s experimental housing project in the Gallaratese district of Milan, completed in Stretching out over feet, the front façade of Aldo Rossi’s Gallaratese housing block stands as a challenge to all the apartment buildings around it: do it, do it. Located in the city of Milan, the Gallaratese II housing complex has the capacity to house inhabitants. Aldo Rossi designed the complex at the ‘Gallaratese.

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There is often an interest in the monumental scale, but also in the background of the city and its ordinary buildings, which Rossi writes about, and which were an anathema to modernist architects, who wanted everything to be new and different. Notify me of new comments via email. The order of dreams is the house itself, it consists of the sum of machines that serve the multitude gallaratesr rooms.

At operational level, understanding house typology from history helps formulating conclusions and achieve critical thinking. The choice of fragmenting a continuous block through collage shows the flexibility of the housing scheme. The whole building is relentlessly basic and singular in its concept. The house is therefore composed of rooms, machines and dreams. Rosssi keep me up to date with special offers and news rissi by email from carefully selected companies.

But seeing this quiet and powerful building at that time feels like it had a lasting effect.

Aldo Rossi Gallaratese — Inessa

The machines that rowsi the building are represented by the various types of stairs that mediate between the various types of spaces. The order of rooms deals with the sum of spaces that make up the house, both within the house boundaries and without.

He argued that these forms must be respected and implemented in order to keep the historical city in harmony. The theatre was a beautiful building, its singularity wonderfully judged in its situation and for the event. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time.

It was moving that such concrete simplicity could hold such allusions. Shapes and sizes are being assigned, to define the role or activity for each room: You also think of aqueducts and amphitheatres, how their horizontality and scale gives definition to a topography, and what it might be like to live on a bridge with its open gsllaratese.


Gallaratese housing in Milan by Aldo Rossi

Red window frames, glass blocks and balconies create a sense of rhythm unfolding across the facades of the housing complex. In the context of a renewed welfare state, speculations on the future of mobility and the pressing need for a new type of house, this project is aiming at gallatatese the civilian dream in the context of the contemporary city.

But there is generosity and a public scale to the whole piece which brings a grandness to the everyday, a sort of palace occupied by the people. His architectural approach was based on his belief that architectural forms and ideas developed in the past should be pursued and multiplied within the landscape of the contemporary city to the point of standardisation.

It was Rossi who said that his basic principle was to persistently hold to only one theme. After completion, init was met with negative criticism from both future inhabitants and architectural critics, as a neo-fascist political agenda. It had an amazing presence for its small scale, moored just near the huge dome of the basilica Santa Maria della Salute. At that time, the idea of looking at the history of architecture for models was new, and also completely different from the open-ended empiricism of my architectural education.

The two blocks are organized in a simple, repetitive pattern and connected at two distinct levels via a public staircase framed by two sets of oversized cylindrical columns.

I had been given a travel scholarship to visit some buildings by Terragni, which had been written about at that time by Peter Eisenman, with a formal analysis that now seems fetishistic. The landscape has matured, people have occupied the walkways with their plants in a way that feels settled, and there is an ugly suspended ceiling in the arcade. The order of dreams is non-specific. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The public realm is located at lower ground floor in a continuous line and access to flats above is made through balcony corridors, via 5 staircase cores, running along the line of the public realm.

I can remember that a few people shuffled across this monumental empty space while I was looking, appearing and disappearing; a woman with some shopping, a few children. Years later people will walk past it in the sun and the rain and if it is done well they will appreciate its lasting quality, even if it has been modified or they are using it quite differently from how you intended.


Harry Lambert At Gallaratese, Aymonino designed complex typologies of apartments, stacked up upon each other at various recessions, alternating glass blocks with balconies and red window frames.

Email required Address never made public. As Italo-disco ross mixing homegrown electronic beats alongside sampled sounds from across the Atlantic, Aymonino and Rossi similarly looked first to traditional Italian architecture, and then abroad to Bauhaus to construct their style.

His postmodern approach was known as neo-rationalism or neo-fascism by his contemporary critics. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here His forms were always very basic, coming from recognisable roots or rosi, but overlaid with the imagination of the architect.

Aldo Rossi Gallaratese

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Thank you for registering to the newsletter. He argued that buildings should be general in their form and non-specific about their function, because if they last their use will change over time.

There was an echo of steps. The Gallaratese Housing block —is part of a larger residential quarter, located in the North West suburb of Milan, Italy. Of course this was to continue.

At the mid-point, there was a sort of interruption of shapes in the light, gallarateze massive rise of steps and some big round columns. He based his work and theory on a very limited use of building types, but carefully articulated within the right landscape and context. The building is about m long and is raised up on tall legs. It is a non-descriptive building type, designed to later change its function. At Gallarateese, Aymonino designed complex typologies of apartments, stacked up upon each other at various recessions, alternating glass blocks with balconies and red window frames.

The flats are arranged between parallel walls above the arcade on two and three floors with deck access. Coming back to visit the Gallaratese again last month, the place feels more charming than before.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Rossi had the idea that buildings should show the passage of time and these columns remind me of the famous picture of him standing between the columns of the Parthenon on the Acropolis. You can unsubscribe at any time.