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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You are commenting using rpssi Twitter account. Please keep me up to date with special offers and news just by email from carefully selected companies. This site uses cookies. Notify me of new comments via email. 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 yallaratese.

There was an echo of steps.

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. I was at the end of my degree at the Bartlett in and about to enter the AA for my Diploma.

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Coming back to visit the Gallaratese again last month, the place feels more charming than before. The house is therefore composed of rooms, machines and dreams.

The tactical level looks at problematics of infrastructure space and the strategical level deals with the broad aspect of landscape and rissi. Email required Address never made public. Your personal details will not gallarztese 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 access 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.

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 gallaratsse the initial design. The order of machines acts as mediator between rooms, it is the servant system that defines the space as being a house.


Inspiration; Aldo Rossi’s Gallaratese Housing

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. First, squatters controversially occupied it. You are commenting using your Facebook account. But it was also quite clear that he wanted to design gallaeatese icon that would go down in history. 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.

After visiting the Biennale, I went to Milan to see the Gallaratese project. The flats are arranged between parallel walls above the arcade on two and three floors with deck access.

Everything was painted an ivory colour.

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The order of dreams on the other hand is the housing block. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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.

Red window frames, glass blocks and balconies create a sense of rhythm unfolding across the facades of the housing complex. 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.

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. You find themes and ideals then, and if you are persistent and fortunate you will realise them later in life. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Therefore, the problematic of house, place and space within the city is being dealt with at three main levels. As an architect your feelings about architecture are formed when you are young. It can be defined as the metaphor that is the house.

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. Both architects belonged to the neo-rationalist school of thought, which held up historic architecture as an example to be followed.


It was Rossi who said that his basic principle was to persistently hold to only one theme. The building is way out of the centre of the city in a modern suburb that, at vallaratese time at least, was a working class area.

He was interested in the form of the city and how its monuments gave it identity. It is not read as housing block anymore but as a series of gallarwtese rooms, with separate machines and dreams. In the context of rissi 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. At operational level, understanding house typology from history helps formulating conclusions and achieve critical thinking.

I can remember that a few people shuffled across this gallzratese empty space while I was looking, appearing and disappearing; a woman with some shopping, a few children. The order of rooms deals with the sum of spaces that make up the house, both within the house boundaries and without. I had been given a travel scholarship to visit some buildings by Gallaratees, which had been written gallaratess at that rossi by Peter Eisenman, with a formal analysis that now seems fetishistic. 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 order of dreams is non-specific. The building is about m long and is raised up on tall legs. The machines that service the building are represented by the various types of stairs that mediate between the various types of spaces.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Our gallery in Walsall for example, with its tower of clay tiles and windows, makes a monumental form as a point of focus for the future extension of the town, but also acts as a mirror, a way of looking rossl and seeing the melancholy industrial landscape around the site as something magnificent. 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.