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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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 is aiming at rethinking the civilian dream in the context of the contemporary city.
Therefore, the problematic of house, place and space within the city is being dealt with at three main levels. The tactical level looks at problematics of infrastructure space and the strategical level deals with the broad aspect of landscape and house. At operational level, understanding house typology from history helps formulating conclusions and achieve critical thinking. The origins of house. The house is therefore composed of rooms, machines and dreams.
The order of rooms deals with gallaratess sum of spaces that make up the house, both within the house boundaries and without.
Shapes and sizes are being assigned, to define the role or activity for each room: The order of machines acts gallarztese mediator between rooms, it is the servant system that defines the space as being a house. Therefore, the realm of machines incorporate both static furniture, stairs and ramps and active systems, such as ducts, pipes, vents, fridges and so on.
Gallaratese housing in Milan by Aldo Rossi
The order of dreams is the house itself, it consists of the sum of machines that serve the multitude of rooms. The order of dreams is non-specific. It can be defined alddo 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.
He based his work and gallaratesw on a very limited use of building types, but carefully articulated within the right landscape and context. His postmodern approach was known as neo-rationalism or neo-fascism by his contemporary critics.
His architectural approach was based on his belief that architectural forms and ideas developed roesi the past should be pursued and multiplied within the landscape of the contemporary city to the point of standardisation. He argued that these forms must be respected and implemented in order to keep the historical city in harmony.
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. It is a non-descriptive building type, designed to ballaratese change its function.
After completion, init was met with negative criticism from both future inhabitants and architectural critics, as a neo-fascist political agenda.
The Gallaratese Housing block —is part of a larger residential quarter, located in the North West suburb of Milan, Italy. Rossi took precedents from the Roman Temple to ggallaratese an abstract object, not necessarily a housing block. 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.
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. 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.
The public realm acts like a room in itself with degrees of transparency that define open or closed spaces. The machines that service the building are represented by the various types of stairs that mediate between the various types of spaces.
Housing Typology: Gallaratese
The order of dreams on the other hand is the housing block. The choice of fragmenting a continuous block through collage shows the flexibility of the housing scheme. It is not read as gallaratewe block anymore but as a series of individual rooms, with separate machines and dreams.
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