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Casa del Fascio in Como

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Giuseppe Terragni
 
location Como
function government
contributed by Marloes_Faber

The former headquarters of the National Fascist Party in Como describes the creative spirit of Giuseppe Terragni within the context of the Italian Rationalist vocabulary. It is an early testament of style, which might explain why, fifty years later, it is still the object of passionate studies. It is a perfect prism with the side 33.20 metres long and 16.60 metres high. It represents a starting point of such rigidity as to encourage a struggle against any classicist potential. The square and the prism are in fact the basic principles of the purism of Le Corbusier. In the building it is these principles that are being questioned because the main volume is not on 'pilotis' and the façades are not free from the structural framework. In fact, they are involved with it, so as to achieve a layered depth. The pulling back of the entrance and breaking up of the top make certain that the building attains transparency (from website Great Buildings Collection).

 

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Casa del Fascio in Como
Address
Piazza del Popolo 1
Italy
Project is public!
Opening hours To visit the building, you have to ring or send a fax in advance to the Italian Financial Police, who currently owns the building.
How to get there? The Casa del Fascio is located in the city centre of Como. Go to the duomo and there you will find the Piazza del Popolo and the building.
Completion 1936
ArchitectGiuseppe Terragni
Client National Fascist Party
 
Project ID 2492
Latitude/Longitude 45°48'44N 09°05'10E
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