Aldo Loris Rossi

Centro culturale comunitario, 1960

Through a very personal approach on the sidelines of the standard practices of his time, Aldo Loris Rossi tried to reconcile the teachings of Frank Lloyd Wright, Paolo Soleri and Giovanni Michelucci with the avant-gardes of the early 20th century. His architectural language is defined by a formal process which encourages the centrifugal development of volumes from a central nucleus. In this, he calls to mind certain aspects of Wright’s architectural conception, where the chimney, for example, represents the nerve centre around which the building is coiled (Falling Water). In this Community Cultural Centre project, the powerfully contrasted forms were organized around a vertical element, which was itself markedly emphasized. In it we find the emblematic formal components of the architect’s projects: spatial complexity, dissymmetry, the breakdown of volumes and the twofold centrifugal/centripetal movement which informs all the spaces.

Nadine Labedade

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