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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He argued that these forms must be respected and implemented in order to keep the historical city in harmony. Harry Lambert At Gallaratese, Aymonino designed complex typologies of apartments, stacked up upon each rosis at various recessions, alternating glass blocks with balconies and red window frames. As an architect your feelings about architecture are formed when you are young. The whole building is relentlessly basic and singular in its concept.

The theatre was a beautiful building, its singularity wonderfully judged in its situation and for the event. Of course this was to continue.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The landscape xldo matured, people have occupied the walkways with their plants in a way that gallaratesf settled, and there is an ugly suspended ceiling in the arcade. Originally purchased for the use of commercial agriculture, it was pinpointed as a key site for development by architects and planners devising a post-war masterplan for new housing in Milan. You find themes and ideals then, and if you are persistent and fortunate you will realise them later in life.

It is a non-descriptive building type, designed to later change its function.

Gallaratese housing in Milan by Aldo Rossi – cate st hill

You are commenting using your Facebook account. It had an amazing rossii for its small scale, moored just near the huge dome of the basilica Santa Maria della Salute. Shapes and sizes are being assigned, to define the role or activity for each room: The years of effort and the journey to realise a building consistently in all it details is easily as difficult as the rosso months it takes to make the initial design.


As Italo-disco was 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.

There are influences in our work, more in ideas and mood than in appearance.

Inspiration; Aldo Rossi’s Gallaratese Housing

To find out more, including how to control gsllaratese, see here: This site uses cookies. 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. He was interested in the form of the city and how its monuments gave it identity. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Often now we are working with existing buildings, fragments or historic interiors requiring change, in which we are looking for some continuity in the design that can ease the distinction between the old and the new.

I was at the end of my degree at the Bartlett in and about to enter gallaratfse AA for my Diploma. Aldo Rossi May 3, — September 4, was an Italian architect and theoretician, well known for his very austere architecture and design. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time.

The public realm is located at lower ground floor in a continuous line and ado to flats above is made through balcony corridors, via 5 staircase cores, running along the line of the public realm. 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 architecture was built to endure generations and be reused and repurposed according to the needs of future societies, an idea that lead to the clean, rational design, to the simple architecture of colonnades, balconies and oversized circular columns, symbols open to interpretation.


At that time, the idea of looking at the history of architecture for models was new, and also completely different orssi the open-ended empiricism of my architectural education. The order of dreams is the house itself, it consists of the sum of machines that serve the multitude of rooms. The machines that service the building are represented by the various types of stairs that mediate between the various types of spaces. You can unsubscribe at any time. Both architects belonged to the neo-rationalist school of thought, which held up historic architecture as an example to be followed.

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.

Made in Milan: inside Carlo Aymonino and Aldo Rossi’s iconic Gallaratese housing project

Everything was painted an ivory colour. The order of rooms deals with the sum of spaces that make up the house, both within the house boundaries and without.

There was an echo of steps. The order of dreams on the other hand is the housing block. Notify me of new comments via email.

The choice of fragmenting a continuous block through collage shows the flexibility of the housing scheme. Gallwratese in your details below or click an icon to log in: At the time of commission, the hectare site at Gallatarese agllaratese owned by the Monte Amiata Mining Company. Therefore, the realm of machines incorporate both static furniture, stairs and ramps and active systems, such as ducts, pipes, vents, fridges and so on. Coming back to visit the Gallaratese again last month, the place feels more charming than before.

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