In Milan , a series of plans were drafted in response to the crisis, laying out satellite communities for the northern Italian city which would each house between 50, to , people. When the plan allowed for private development of Gallaratese 2 in late , the commission for the project was given to Studio Ayde and, in particular, its partner Carlo Aymonino. Two months later Aymonino would invite Aldo Rossi to design a building for the complex and the two Italians set about realizing their respective visions for the ideal microcosmic community. Their interest lay not in solitary architecture but in urban communities with all the disparate elements required for a functioning society: residences, commerce, industry, and more. Gallaratese was, then, to be their chance to combine these elements and create a new community from scratch.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Cookie Policy Gallaratese housing in Milan by Aldo Rossi November 7, By no means the most conventional of tourist locations nor the most glamorous, but nevertheless, a vast, monolithic but equally beautiful housing estate by Aldo Rossi proved to be the highlight of a recent trip of mine to Milan.

Here there was light! And shadow! Here there were playful architectural delights that both astonished and amused me. How could a dense, heavy and monumental building feel so light and airy, so open and clean, despite being a jam-packed affordable housing estate?

This could only happen in Milan, sunny Milan, never in a dark, gritty housing metropolis in cold Blighty. This had a very different story, although sharing common principles and aesthetics. You might also like


Aldo Rossi

See Article History Aldo Rossi, born May 3, , Milan , Italy—died September 4, , Milan , Italian architect and theoretician who advocated the use of a limited range of building types and concern for the context in which a building is constructed. This postmodern approach, known as neorationalism, represents a reinvigoration of austere classicism. In addition to his built work, he is known for his writings, numerous drawings and paintings, and designs for furniture and other objects. Rossi received a degree in architecture from the Milan Polytechnic in In the text he argued that, over the course of history, architecture has developed certain continuous forms and ideas, to the point that these are standard types in the collective memory that move beyond the scope of style and trends. Rather than disrupt this fabric with shockingly new, individualistic architecture, Rossi maintained that architects must respect the context of a city and its architecture and tap into these common types.


Gallaratese housing in Milan by Aldo Rossi

Early life[ edit ] He was born in Milan , Italy. After early education by the Somascan Religious Order and then at Alessandro Volta College in Lecco , in he went to the school of architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan. His thesis advisor was Piero Portaluppi and he graduated in Rossi left in , when the chief editorship went to Gian Antonio Bernasconi. He married the Swiss actress Sonia Gessner, who introduced him to the world of film and theater. Culture and his family became central to his life.

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