Casa del Fascio, Como, Italy / Giuseppe Terragni

1251258923-02.jpg

The hallmark of the earlier avant garde was a contrived impetus and a vain, destructive fury, mingling good and bad elements: the hallmark of today’s youth is a desire for lucidity and wisdom…This must be clear…we do not intend to break with tradition…The new architecture, the true architecture, should be the result of a close association between logic and rationality.

— Giuseppe Terragni, one of the founders in Gruppo 7


Thoughts

image085Elevation proportion, revealing the rationalism in Terragni’s design

Peter Blundell Jones.Modern Architecture Through Case Studies.Oxford: Architectural Press.2002. Print

 

Site

2c3bb46f230791411f3c56ef891e2f1a.jpgSite plan and bird view: Casa del Fascio located facing Como Cathedral

Peter Blundell Jones.Modern Architecture Through Case Studies.Oxford: Architectural Press.2002. Print

 

Drawings

plans-1-32.jpgGround floor plan: atrium, army association and victim monument

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017.http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

plans-1-3First floor plan: reception room and leader’s room

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

plans-2-6Second floor plan: offices and atrium

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

plans-2-63.jpgThird floor plan: offices and guard room

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

elevations-1-2Southwest facade

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

elevations-2-2Southeast facade

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

elevations-1-2Northeast facade

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

elevations-2-2Northwest facade

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

sections-329Cross section: through upper atrium and offices

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

sections-329Longitudinal section: through offices and stairs

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

sections-3295.jpgLongitudinal section: through upper, lower atrium and offices

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

 

Building

1326249672-portada.jpgSouthwest facade facing the Como Cathedral

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

1251259238-13.jpgSoutheast facade

Brian Pagnotta. “AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni”. Posted on Jan 3, 2013. Accessed on Oct 11, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/312877/ad-classics-casa-del-fascio-giuseppe-terragni

12l_casa_del_fascio_lbc.jpgNortheast and northwest facade

Museo Virtualle Astrattismo e Athicterrura Razionalista Como.CASA DEL FASCIO. Accessed on Oct 12, 2017. http://www.maarc.it/opera/casa-del-fascio

casa-del-fascio_terragni.jpgNorthwest and southwest facade

Polpettas. Polpettasgoes|Como:Rationalism in Terragni City.Accessed on Oct 12, 2017. http://www.polpettas.com/en/polpettasgoes-como-rationalism-terragni-city/

463dacd15c88f9c55da87aad27a23c0a--giovanna-ph.jpgAtrium at ground floor

Polpettas. Polpettasgoes|Como:Rationalism in Terragni City.Accessed on Oct 12, 2017. http://www.polpettas.com/en/polpettasgoes-como-rationalism-terragni-city/


 

Description

Casa del Fascio(Como) was designed by a talented Italian architectGiuseppe Terragni, one of the initiators of  Gruppo 7 promoting Rational Architecture in Italy. The rationalists believed that true architecture should be the result of a close assocation between logic as well as rationality, so they intended to strike a middle ground between the classicism and futurism. In his proposal for Casa del Fascio,  Terragni attempted to create a order for organization in a logic way, which can be revealed in different facades. To be more specific, all the rooms are distributed along the periphery for natural light and connected by internal corridor as well as atrium. What’s more, the rooms’ main surfaces are designed with glasses while the minor surfaces are concrete walls, indicating varieties of transparency in facades. Finally, the interior rooms with different functions are strengthened in elevations by order in grid frames, creating quite an impressive style of rational modern building.

by <Zhu Jiayi, MArch, Group A>

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s