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The Aluminium House

Venezia – 2010

Intheproject for thishouse,Ferrariomakesoriginaluseof aluminium,stressingthequalitiesof thismaterial interms of environmental sustainability. “Prefabricated in the workshop and ready to be assembled on site without the use of traditionalmaterials, this kit-house shows the same peculiarities as those which marked the historical development of ‘light’ prefabrication in the 20th century.” The house,based on a rectangularmodular plan,unfolds as a single volume between the slabs of its floor and flat roof. The latter, which may also be made of glass, is designed in such a way as to make use of alternative wind and solar energy. The skeleton of the house consists of slender cross-shaped columns, versatile exterior lining formed by connectable elementswith aluminiumframeworks, natural insulating and soundproofing materials, stone, wood, ceramic and even vertical green coverings, andspacious transparentwindows–allofwhichaddlightness and luminosity to the building.

Alessandra Coppa

LuigiFerrarioreinterprets thearchitectural anddesigntraditioninamodernvein, withaneye to the future.Aboat in the lagoon represents a travelling house moving away fromthe historicist stereotypes of 1980s culture,with its lack of concrete planning references. Thirty years after the firstArchitectureBiennale,Luigi Ferrario’s approach may be seen to contrast with the postmodern character ofAldo Rossi’sTheatre of theWorld. A journey along the waterways leading to Leonardo’sMilanese navigli that also takes in Luigi Ferrario’s environmental renovation of the historic town centres of Tornavento, Turbigo and Gaggiano along the banks of the Naviglio Grande.

Fortunato D’Amico

  • Progetto: Luigi Ferrario
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