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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It is not read as housing block anymore but as a series of individual rooms, with separate machines and dreams. Rossi took precedents from the Roman Temple to create an abstract object, not necessarily a housing block.

The tactical level looks at problematics of infrastructure space and the strategical tossi deals with the broad aspect of landscape and house.

Everything was painted an ivory colour. The theatre was a beautiful building, its singularity wonderfully judged in its situation and for the event.

Housing Typology: Gallaratese – Architecture Blog

You can unsubscribe at any time. Thank you for registering to the newsletter. At Gallaratese, the architects designed covered and uncovered yellow walkways to connect the apartments to each other and the city outside, as well as public space — a central amphitheatre and two triangular shaped plazas to socially serve the community. It can be defined as the metaphor that is the house.

Aldo Rossi May 3, — September 4, was an Italian architect and theoretician, well known for his very austere architecture and design.

At the mid-point, there was a sort of interruption of shapes in the light, a massive rise of steps and some big round columns. It is a non-descriptive ado type, designed to later change its function.

The building is about m long and is raised up on tall legs. As an architect your feelings about architecture are formed when you are young. The order of dreams is the house itself, it gallwratese of the sum of machines that serve the multitude of rooms. I was at the end of my degree at the Bartlett in and about to enter the AA for my Diploma.

Gallaratese II Housing

At Rosai, Aymonino designed complex typologies of apartments, stacked up upon each other at various recessions, alternating gallarxtese blocks with balconies and red window frames. Red window frames, glass blocks and balconies create a sense of rhythm unfolding across the facades of the housing complex. He argued that these forms must be respected and implemented in order to keep the historical city in harmony. But it was also quite clear that he wanted roossi design an icon that would go down in history.

At operational level, understanding house typology from history helps formulating conclusions and achieve critical thinking.

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

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 galaratese to do a piece of modern architecture with Classical themes. At that galladatese, 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.

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. 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 gallaratrse with its open views. The choice of gallagatese a continuous block through collage shows the flexibility of the housing scheme.

It was moving that such concrete simplicity could hold such allusions. 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 make the initial design.

Underneath it is an arcade that starts at the street and extends into the centre of the estate, leading to other buildings.


The public realm acts like a room in itself with degrees of transparency that define open or closed spaces. Therefore, the problematic of house, place and space within the city is being dealt with at three main levels.

Inspiration; Aldo Rossi’s Gallaratese Housing

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 were an anathema to modernist architects, who wanted everything to be new and different. There was an echo of steps. Notify me of new comments via email. At the time of commission, the hectare site at Gallatarese was owned by the Monte Amiata Mining Company.

Shapes and sizes are being ballaratese, to define the role or activity for each room: 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 gallqratese new.

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. 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.

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.

I had been given a travel scholarship to visit some buildings by Terragni, which had been written about at that time by Peter Eisenman, with a formal analysis that now seems fetishistic.

The origins of house. 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. The whole building is relentlessly basic and singular in its concept.

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