On June 28, FuturDome is glad to introduce a book launch talk voted to the work of the Milanese architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni (1913-2016). His multi-functional building complex in Corso Italia (1957-64), built in a quarter heavily damaged by WWII bombs, unfolds a complex spatial narration from the scale of the city to the one of material and detail.The building complex appears as the perfect synthesis betwwen spatial invention and dialogue with the urban structure of Milan’s ancient nucleus. The two ‘towers’ in small red ceramic tile which frame the central setback, the long gallery which crosses the building with the floor mosaic by Francesco Somaini, and the final surprise of the courtyard which holds together building bodies different in the height, material, finishing and architectural syntax demostrate a design freedom allowed only to great talents.
The volume reflects its multi-faceted reality through original documents from the LCD Archive, a new set of photographs by Cino Zucchi, and custom-produced three-dimensional reconstructions. The essays by Cino Zucchi and Orsina Simona Pierini read this ‘silent masterpiece’ on the backdrop of Caccia Dominioni’s relationship with his city and of his peculiar design approach, pointing out his relevance in contemporary architectural thought.
This book, fristly launched in FuturDome, was also read during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in an installation/exposition designed by CZA-Cino Zucchi Architetti for Freespace – the title of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.