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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The order of dreams on the other hand is the housing block. I visited this building when I was twenty, which is an impressionable age and it was the moment I first felt what was interesting in Classicism, and how it was possible to do a piece of modern architecture with Classical themes.

It was moving that such concrete simplicity could hold such allusions. At operational level, understanding house typology from history helps formulating conclusions and achieve critical thinking. You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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.

In the context of gallaratsee renewed welfare state, speculations on the future of mobility and the pressing need for a new type of house, this project is aiming at rethinking the civilian dream in the context of the contemporary city. It felt as if all Italy was there, its grandeur and its poverty, its monuments and its ruins. There are influences in our work, more in ideas and mood than in appearance.

Gallaratese Housing Block, located in Milan, Italy, is one of his most notable projects, a full expression of his theories on architecture and the city.

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Both architects belonged to the neo-rationalist school of thought, which held up historic architecture as an example to be followed. The building is about m long and is raised up on tall legs. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

But it still has this melancholic, monumental quality that made such an impression on me thirty years ago. The public realm is located at lower ground floor in a continuous line and access to flats above is made through gossi corridors, via 5 staircase cores, running along the line of the public realm.

Red window frames, glass blocks and balconies create a sense of rhythm unfolding across the facades of the housing complex. It had an amazing presence for its small scale, moored just near the huge dome of the basilica Rowsi Maria della Salute.

Housing Typology: Gallaratese – Architecture Blog

He argued that these forms must be respected and implemented in order to keep the historical city in harmony. It was Rossi who said that his basic principle was to persistently hold to only one theme. His postmodern approach was known as neo-rationalism or neo-fascism by his contemporary critics.

The origins of house. First, squatters controversially occupied it. The tactical level looks at problematics of infrastructure space and the strategical level deals with the broad aspect of landscape and house. I was at the end of my degree at the Bartlett in and about to enter the AA for my Diploma.

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

At Gallaratese, the architects designed covered and uncovered yellow walkways to connect the apartments to each other and the city outside, as well as public space — a central amphitheatre and two triangular shaped plazas to socially serve the community.

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.

This site uses cookies. You can unsubscribe at any time. Email required Address never made public. The choice of fragmenting a continuous block through collage shows the flexibility of the housing scheme. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. The flats are arranged between parallel walls above the arcade on two and three floors with deck access. Therefore, the realm of machines incorporate both static furniture, stairs and ramps and active systems, such as ducts, pipes, vents, fridges and so on.


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 theories for a future urban community.

The order of dreams is tallaratese house itself, it consists of the sum of machines that serve the multitude of rooms.

Aldo Rossi Gallaratese

After completion, init was met with negative criticism from both future inhabitants and architectural critics, as a neo-fascist political agenda. There was an echo of steps. 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. It can be defined as the metaphor that is the house. The house is therefore composed of rooms, machines and dreams. The brief from the City of Milan to the architects was to design a low-income housing complex that integrated green space, public services and connections to the city within its plan.

The public realm acts like a room in itself with degrees of transparency that define open or closed spaces. Please keep me up to date with special offers and news just by email from carefully selected companies. Everything was painted an ivory colour.

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. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Aldo Rossi May 3, — September 4, was an Italian architect and theoretician, well known for his very austere architecture and design. The Gallaratese Housing block —is part of a larger residential quarter, located in the North West suburb of Milan, Italy.

Thank you for registering to the newsletter. 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.

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.

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