Luigi Figini’s House in Milan (1934-35)

Photograph - Domus, 1936

Luigi Figni (1903-84), was in partnership with Gino Pollini from 1929. Along with Guisseppe Terragni they were both members of GRUPPO 7 which establised Italian Rationalism in the late 1920s.  Raised as it is on columns and complete with an enclosed roof terrace, Figini’s own house shows a stylistic likeness to Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, completed a few years earlier.  Domus’ March 1936 coverage of the house included the words of Figini which reveal a differing polemic:

Building the anti-city in the city. A brief compendium  of creation in man’s dwelling. An elementary composition of objects that recur in the dreams of our desires.

Eliminate, purify, isolate … Frame with panoramic squares and rectangles – the sun, the sky, the wind (and the landscape if there is one: urban or suburban, mediocre or fragmentary) as they vary with the weather and season.

Photograph - Andrew Metcalf, 2007

My own picture from the summer of 2007 tends to validate this rhetoric, particularly vis a vis the elementary composition, the sky and the sun. The weather and time appear to have done but a little harm to this incunabula of 20th century Italian architecture.

2 thoughts on “Luigi Figini’s House in Milan (1934-35)

  1. I’m assuming there are living spaces on the roof – which would further support Figni’s rhetoric – a plan or section would have been useful.

    Also interesting choice of words ‘columns’ not ‘piloti’ and of course ‘incunabula’ – stimulating start to your blog Andrew

  2. Agree – plan would be interesting and stimulating start. The righting and reflection on the tanaguchi is most captivating. Doth make one want to be there!
    Tahnk you

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