Thursday, February 8, 2018


1907/23 Quadrio Pirani (1878/1970) with Giovanni Bellucci
It was the first major project for the ISTITUTO CASE POPOLARI DI ROMA (Public Housing Institute of Rome) founded in 1903
Excellent public housing. One of the best building experiments in Rome on a hill that had been included by the Aurelian Walls and was known as PICCOLO AVENTINO (small Aventine Hill)
According to the 1921 census, Rome had a population of about 660,000 inhabitants and the neighborhood was at that time on the outskirts of the city, close to the countryside
Semi-detached villas with gardens and buildings of no more than four floors for 546 homes and about 2,500 inhabitants
“At a distance of a century, it remains one of the most significant examples of public intervention in residential construction. This is due to the choice of the building types, the relationship between buildings and terrain, the use of durable materials - especially the brick facing - the clarity of the decorative elements and the overall quality of the architectural solutions” (Piero Ostilio Rossi)
“The proximity of the Aurelian Walls and of the church of S. Saba, suggests the adoption of traditional materials such as masonry brick, travertine, tufa, raw plaster, helping to create a design language that is fully integrated into the area” (Giorgio Muratore)
“The intervention has a unitary definition, both for the linguistic aspects (thanks to the use of masonry bricks), and for the articulation between the different building types which follow the morphology of the soil. The first core, built behind the medieval church of S. Saba, develops with single-family homes with two-story, single or aggregated in a row, all far from the road and with independent entrances and gardens. Subsequent interventions are characterized by the composition of buildings in line, in open court. The neighborhood includes also service areas such as a public school, a clinic, a meeting room and public toilets” (Francesca Romana Stable -

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