Another post about Ivrea. When a forward thinking typewriter company builds a hotel/ cinema/ swimmingpool complex that actually looks like a typewriter it is sure worth a post about it’s form. In 1971 the visionary Camillo Olivetti commissioned the young venetian architects Iginio Cappai and Pietro Mainardis to build yet another social housing complex in […]Read more "Cappai e Mainardis, Hotel Serra Ivrea"
In 1909, icelandic sculptor Einar Jónsson offered all of his works as a gift to country on the condition that a museum be built to house them. In 1914 this gift was accepted and Jónsson started to design the museum himself. When a sculptor chooses to design a building to house his own work it seems natural that it […]Read more "Einar Jonsson / Einar Erlendsson, Einar Jonsson Museum Reykjavik"
In 1982 Peter Märkli (with Gody Kühnis) built a pair of simple houses in Trübbach Switzerland. Both share the same exterior elements and both consist of some interesting formal ideas. Looking at the smaller of the two we easily notice Märkli’s focus on the single spaces within the simple yet elegantly organized plan. Every room has it’s […]Read more "Peter Märkli / Godi Kühnis, House in Trübbach"
1978 Roberto Gabetti and Aimora Isola built 82 apartment units in a circle shaped complex in Ivrea IT. The industrial city north of Torino became widely known because of the successfull Olivetti family building not only all it’s offices and factories in their hometown but also a lot of social services and a couple of innovative […]Read more "Gabetti e Isola, Talponia housing Ivrea"
Carlo Mollino built this ski lift which negotiates between traditional construction and a dynamic expressionism near Cervinia IT in 1947. As one of the “bonvivants” of italian architecture Mollino (who also was a designer, a writer, a photographer and a successfull ski and car racer) was fond about everything related to speed. He designed a wooden […]Read more "Carlo Mollino, Slittovia di Lago Nero"
John Hejduk tied together two very specific 1988 social housing typologies to a strong bond conglomerate of volumes by adding the simplistic yet characteristic balcony and window shade elements made of green painted steelsheets. Identity as a priceless good – created not with decoration but with formal power of functional elements rethought. What Hejduk achieved here is […]Read more "John Hejduk, IBA Social Housing Berlin"
In it’s strongly conceptual series of houses (1960 – 1978) Peter Eisenman worked on a rule-based approach of layering different sets of meaning to generate a specific and non-random complexity. He understood the built house as a record of the design process rather then a “tailer-made object”. With it’s strong believe in the self-containing nature of architecture he […]Read more "Peter Eisenman, Houses"