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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There are influences in our work, more in ideas and mood than in appearance. First, squatters controversially occupied it. The choice of fragmenting a continuous block through collage shows the flexibility of the housing scheme.

The flats are arranged between parallel walls above the arcade on two and three floors with deck access. 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.

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. Of course this was to continue. As Gallaraatese was mixing homegrown electronic beats alongside sampled ggallaratese from across the Atlantic, Aymonino and Rossi similarly looked first to traditional Italian architecture, and then abroad to Bauhaus to construct their style. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log gallaratse 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.


The tactical level looks at problematics gallaartese infrastructure space and the strategical level deals with the broad aspect of landscape and house. Please keep me up to date with special offers and news just by email from carefully selected companies.

Rossi took precedents from the Roman Temple to create an abstract object, not necessarily a housing block. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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 gallaraatese plan.

The house is therefore composed of rooms, machines and dreams. But it still has this melancholic, monumental quality that made such an impression on me thirty years ago.

Aldo Rossi Gallaratese — Inessa

He was interested in the form of the city and how its monuments gave it identity. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. It was Rossi who said that his basic principle was to persistently hold to only one theme. But it was also quite clear that he wanted to design an icon that would go down in history. At operational level, understanding house typology from history helps formulating conclusions and achieve critical thinking.


At the time of commission, the hectare site at Gallatarese was owned by the Monte Amiata Mining Company. Both architects belonged vallaratese the neo-rationalist school of thought, which held up qldo architecture as an example to be followed. 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 out and seeing the melancholy industrial landscape around the site as something magnificent.

After completion, init was met with negative criticism from both future inhabitants and architectural critics, as a neo-fascist political agenda. Completed in the mids, it was a time when both Italian architects would soar to prominence on the international architecture scene.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. When architect Carlo Aymonino started working on the designs for an affordable gallarateze complex commissioned by the City of Milan inhe wanted to reflect his neo-rationalist ideas and theories for a future urban community.

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.

But seeing this quiet and powerful building at that time feels like it had a lasting effect.