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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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The public realm is located at lower ground floor in a continuous line and access to flats above is made through balcony corridors, ald 5 staircase cores, running along the line of the public realm. Red window frames, glass blocks and balconies create a sense of rhythm unfolding across the facades of the housing complex.

Housing Typology: Gallaratese – Architecture Blog

He argued that buildings should be general in their form and non-specific about their function, because if they last their use will change over time. It is a non-descriptive building type, designed to later change its function. The Gallaratese Housing block —is part of a larger residential quarter, located in the North West suburb of Milan, Italy. After visiting the Biennale, I went to Milan to see the Gallaratese project. The whole building is relentlessly basic and singular in its concept.

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 agllaratese socially serve the community.

Aldo Rossi Gallaratese — Inessa

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 to design an icon that would go down in history.

First, squatters controversially occupied it. 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. But seeing this quiet and galkaratese building at that time feels like it had a lasting effect.

You can unsubscribe at any time. The order of machines acts as mediator between rooms, it is the servant system that defines the space as being a house. Email required Address never made public.

Inspiration; Aldo Rossi’s Gallaratese Housing

The order of dreams is non-specific. The flats are arranged between parallel walls above the arcade on two and three floors with deck access.


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. The two blocks are organized in a simple, repetitive pattern and connected at two distinct levels via a public staircase framed by two sets of oversized cylindrical columns. 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. The house is therefore composed of rooms, machines and dreams.

Consequently inthe City of Milan and Monte Amiata entered into a business deal for galkaratese construction of the housing project, an early example of public and private housing enterprise that has now become the norm. The alo realm acts like a room in itself with degrees of transparency that define open or closed spaces. Thank you for registering roszi the newsletter. 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.

I was at the end of my degree at the Bartlett in and about to enter the AA for my Diploma. The brief from the City of Milan to the architects was to design alvo low-income housing gaklaratese that integrated green space, public gallaratexe and connections to the city within its plan.

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.

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. 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. Originally purchased for the use of commercial agriculture, it was pinpointed as a key site for development by architects and planners devising a post-war masterplan for new housing in Milan.


The choice of fragmenting a continuous block through collage shows the flexibility of the housing scheme. There was an echo of steps. This site uses cookies.

It was Rossi who said that his basic principle was to persistently hold to only one theme. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: You find themes gallaratrse ideals then, and if you are persistent and fortunate you will realise them later in roszi. Aldo Rossi May 3, — September 4, was an Italian architect and theoretician, well known for his very austere architecture and design.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The building is about m long and is raised up on tall legs. You are commenting using your Twitter account. It was moving that such concrete simplicity could hold such allusions.

Everything was painted an ivory colour. 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 galoaratese Acropolis.

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. It felt as if all Italy was there, its grandeur and its poverty, its monuments and its ruins. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Rossi took precedents gallaeatese the Roman Temple to create an abstract object, not necessarily a housing block.

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. Therefore, the problematic of house, place and space within the city is being dealt with at three main levels. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. 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 gallararese aiming at rethinking the civilian dream in the context of the contemporary city.