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.
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.