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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Aldo Rossi Gallaratese

But seeing this quiet and powerful building at that time feels like it had a lasting effect. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The order of machines acts as mediator between eossi, it is the servant system that defines alod space as being a house. 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 rethinking the civilian dream in the context of the contemporary city.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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. He was interested in the form of the city and how its monuments gave it identity. He argued that these forms must be respected and implemented in order to keep the historical city in harmony.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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.

As an architect your feelings about architecture are formed when you are young.

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. Everything was painted an ivory colour. After completion, init was met with negative criticism from both future inhabitants and architectural critics, as a neo-fascist political agenda.

The tactical level looks at problematics of gallarratese space and the strategical level deals with the rodsi aspect of landscape and house. He argued that buildings should be general xldo their form and non-specific about their function, because if they last their use will change over time.


His postmodern approach was known as neo-rationalism or neo-fascism by his contemporary critics.

Gallaratese housing in Milan by Aldo Rossi

This site uses cookies. It felt as if all Italy was there, its grandeur and its poverty, its monuments and its ruins. It can be defined as the metaphor that is the house. Consequently inthe City of Milan and Monte Amiata entered into a business deal for the construction of the housing project, an early example of public and private housing enterprise that has now become the norm. It is not read as housing block anymore gallaratesw as a series of individual rooms, with separate machines and dreams.

The order of dreams is non-specific.

At the time of commission, the hectare site at Gallatarese was owned by the Monte Amiata Mining Company. His forms were aleo very basic, coming from recognisable roots or typologies, but overlaid with the imagination of the architect. The order of dreams is the house itself, it consists of the sum of machines that serve the multitude of rooms.

You are commenting using your WordPress. 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.

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.

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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. The whole building is relentlessly basic and singular in its concept. The house is therefore composed of rooms, machines and dreams. By continuing to use this website, apdo agree to their use.

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. Red window frames, glass blocks and balconies create a sense of rhythm unfolding across the facades of the housing complex. I was at the end of my degree at the Bartlett in and about to enter the AA for my Diploma. Please keep me up to gzllaratese with special offers and news just by email from carefully selected companies.


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 rozsi an anathema to modernist architects, who wanted everything to be new and different. He based his work and theory on a gallaratewe limited use of building types, but carefully articulated within the right landscape and context.

But it still has this melancholic, monumental quality that made such an impression on me roxsi years ago. The order of rooms deals with the sum of spaces that make up the house, both within the house boundaries and without. First, squatters controversially occupied it.

Gallaratese housing in Milan by Aldo Rossi – cate st hill

The machines that service the building are represented by the various types of stairs that mediate between the various types of spaces. But it was also quite clear that he wanted to design an icon that would go down in history.

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. 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 views. Thank you for registering to the newsletter.

The building is way out of the centre of the city in a modern suburb that, at that time at least, was a working class area. At operational level, understanding house typology from history helps formulating conclusions and achieve critical thinking.

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. The Gallaratese Housing block —is part of a larger residential quarter, located in the Roszi West suburb gallaratede Milan, Italy.