A Summer Series: Seaside Houses
#21 Giò Ponti, Villa Donegani, Bordighera, Italy 1940
Every building has to be a contribution to making the expression of life on our coast more beautiful, enchanting, enamoring and appealing”. Gio Ponti, 1941
The villa has an important historical past. In the years ‘40 -’45, during the war, the Duce Benito Mussolini used to visit the property hosted by the man who built it, Giudo Donegani, owner of the company Montecatini that successively was fused with Edison creating, in this way, the company called Montedison. In those times people used to travel by train, and the train used to stop in the middle of the property where the Duce used to get off and walk through the garden entrance. Today you can still see the historical three steps that connected the railway to the entrance. Up to 1955 the villa was owned by Guido Donegani who married for a second time the Countess Montagù, who had a son, and when Donegani died, he inherited the villa. Countess Montagù owned the villa up to the 60s when it was purchased by a famous industrialist from Biella, Serafino Trabalto Tonia who kept it up to 1976. Since the years 1993 the villa was purchased by an English society and was named Villa Ego……
White walls under the sun. A pattern of planes designed for the play of light. The central living-room is two stories high and contains the staircase a favourite motif of Ponti’s. The patio at the front is two stories high, and contains the volume of the dining-room one story high, covered by a solarium with masonry beds. The apertures all look like cuts in the wall the window panes have no frame. The doors are all sliding ones. White walls, and a white tiled roof.
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Swiss Medical Research Foundation (The Tulip), Jack Bertoli, Geneva 1976. When was the last time you lingered for pleasure at a brutalist science site? Wedged between Geneva’s main hospital complex and a hillside micro forest, the Swiss Medical Research Foundation building looks like a wise-tree monument ejected from another galaxy or an ex-Soviet republic. Triangular fractal panes of reinforced concrete form a massive trunk from which vertical slim branches frame a cube of cotton-candy tinted glass windows.
Gazing at the evanescing pastel pinks, blues and yellows soaring from their concrete shell in the golden haze of a setting sun is a holiday for the retina. La Tulipe radiates raw elegance and bold, unwavering optimism. Even the futuristic steel entrance embedded in the reinforced concrete trunk shines like the promise of scientific progress, in a Ken Adam designed, Bond fantasy kind-of-way.
The design is a class apart from the ascetically functional béton brut structures of the Swiss school. It reflects the more international profile of its designer, Jack Bertoli. The Mumbai-born planner and architect started out assisting for Breuer and Saarinen, collaborated with Le Corbusier in Chandigarh for the city’s planning and, with his own office, realised projects in India, France, Italy, USA, the Caribbean and Africa. . #heartbrut#brutalistbeauties#jackbertoli#concreteinlife#urbanconcrete
últimas semanas da exposição ''Access for All: São Paulo's Architectural Infrastructures" onde essa maquete da avenida Paulista com 13,3 metros de comprimento está exposta | Escala 1:200 | 2019 .
o planejamento e concepção dessa maquete foi feita especialmente para essa exposição, com curadoria Daniel Talesnik, que acontece na Pinakothek der Modern, Architecture Museum of the Technical University of Munich, a partir do dia 12 de junho de 2019 até 8 de setembro. .
além da maquete, realizamos desenhos conjuntamente com Gabriel Sepe ( @gabrielsepe ), Gabriel Biselli ( @vuotodelmondo ) e Luiz Solano ( @luizsolano_ ) .
Ainda fazem parte desta exposição os amigos: Ciro Miguel ( @sputnik__57 ) com fotos, Danilo Zamboni ( @danilozamboni ) com os perspectivas explodidas, Mariana Vilela (@mavilela ) com projeto expográfico, Pedro Kok ( @kokpedro ) com vídeos e entrevistas e Kathryn Gilmore ( @kathryngillmore.cl ) com o projeto gráfico. .
A Summer Series: Seaside Houses #5 Alberto Ponis, Casa Scalesciani, Costa Paradiso, Sardegna 1977.
Throughout his prolific career as an architect, Alberto Ponis has continuously displayed extraordinary skill in reading the ruggedness of the natural sites where he has built, making them become one with the houses he designed. Here a project of his from the 1970s, a masterful illustration of this modus operandi .
Check the reissued book: The Inhabited Pathway