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La Sapienza University Campus

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Marcello Piacentini
location Rome
function laboratorium, student housing, university
contributed by evanc

Piacentini was appointed by Mussolini to design the masterplan for what is now known as 'La Sapienza' (Università di Roma) campus. He designed the main building, but many young Italian architects of the day contributed to the scheme: Arnaldo Foschini (Monumental Entrance), Pietro Aschieri (Faculty of Chemistry), Giuseppe Pagano (Institute of Physics), Giuseppe Capponi (Botany & Pharmacology), Gaetano Rapisardi (Faculty of Law), Gio Ponti (Institute of Mathematics) and Giovanni Michelucci (Mineralogy & Geology). The masterplan was intended to include "very Roman" buildings in brick and travertine, but the young designers used these materials primarily as cladding on buildings constructed using the latest building technologies and stripped of ornament in a Roman interpretation of international Modernism. The complex stands in contrast to the EUR district of several years later, as it represents Fascist modernism yet still retains a human sense of scale.

evanc says:
If you're interested in this era of Italian architecture, I'd say this is a must-see along with EUR... the campus is much more compact than that sprawling district, and has a few gems like the Chemistry building.
Shanghai, CN, China 19-Oct-09
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La Sapienza University Campus
Sapienza University of Rome
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How to get there? La Sapienza is within a 20 minute walk of Termini Station. From Termini, head south-west on Via Marsala (which runs along the north side of the tracks). Turn left on Via Castro Pretorio, follow this as it turns into Viale dell'Universita. Turn right on Viale della Scienza. The main entrance will be on your left.
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Completion 1935
Architect, Urban plannerMarcello Piacentini
associate architectArnaldo Foschini
associate architectGaetano Rapisardi
associate architectGio Ponti
associate architectGiovanni Michelucci
Project ID 5105
Latitude/Longitude 41°54'11N 12°30'53E
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