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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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.

Of course this was to continue. Rossi had the eossi that buildings should show the passage of time and these columns remind me of the famous picture of him standing between the gallaratsee of the Parthenon on the Acropolis. Both architects belonged to the neo-rationalist school of thought, which held up historic architecture as an example to be followed.

He based his work and theory on a very limited use of building types, but carefully articulated within the right landscape and context. 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. Notify me of new comments via email. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The years of effort and the journey to realise a building consistently in all it details is easily as difficult as the few months it takes to make the initial design.

Therefore, the problematic of house, place and space within the city is being dealt with at three main levels.


Gallaratese housing in Milan by Aldo Rossi – cate st hill

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 eossi. After visiting the Biennale, I went to Milan to see the Gallaratese project.

It had an amazing presence for its small scale, moored just near the huge dome of the basilica Santa Gallaratwse della Salute. Therefore, the realm of machines incorporate both static furniture, stairs and ramps and active systems, such as ducts, pipes, vents, fridges and so on.

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. Completed in the mids, it was a time when both Italian architects would soar to prominence on the international architecture scene.

Housing Typology: Gallaratese – Architecture Blog

At the time of commission, the hectare site at Gallatarese was owned by the Monte Amiata Mining Company. Email required Address never made public. His forms were always very basic, coming from recognisable roots or typologies, but overlaid with the imagination of the architect. Often now we are working with existing buildings, fragments or historic interiors requiring change, in which we are looking for some ald in the design that can ease the distinction between the old and the new.

The Gallaratese Housing block —is part of a larger residential quarter, located in the North West suburb of Milan, Italy. When architect Carlo Aymonino started working on the designs for an affordable housing complex commissioned by the City of Milan inhe wanted to reflect his neo-rationalist ideas and vallaratese for a future urban community.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. The machines that service the building are represented by the various types of stairs that mediate between the various types of spaces. The flats are arranged between parallel walls above the arcade on two and three floors with deck access. 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 atmosphere was heightened like on a stage and it was dramatic, but not in a rhetorical way as it was somehow also tender to the figures. He argued that these forms must be respected and implemented in order to keep the historical city in harmony. You find themes and ideals then, and if you are persistent and fortunate you will realise them later in life.

Aldo Rossi Gallaratese

At Gallaratese, Aymonino designed complex typologies of apartments, stacked up upon gallratese other at various recessions, alternating glass blocks with balconies and red window frames. There are influences in our work, gallatatese in ideas and mood than in appearance.

It is not read as housing block anymore but as a series of individual rooms, with separate machines and dreams. 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. You can unsubscribe at any time. At the mid-point, there was a sort of interruption of shapes in the light, a massive rise of steps and some big round columns.