Monday, February 17, 2014


1926 Gaetano Minnucci (1896/1980)
One of the first residential buildings to be designed according to the indications of the emerging rationalist movement
"Given the date of the project, this building is substantially interesting both for its volumetric composition and for the particular simplicity of its formal solutions. Equally significant is the interior which plays a dominant role in the scale that determines a double-height space, made very bright by the two large windows in the front" (Piero Ostilio Rossi)
"With the book 'The modern popular dwellings in contemporary Holland' (Rome 1926) (...) Minnucci stated the themes of his research on the paradigms of modernity, which he directly applied in the design of the single-family house on Via Carini (...), in which the matrix is distinctly Dutch. This house was one of the few contemporary works that were published in the Manifesto of the Group 7 to be effectively built. (...) The Group 7 (...) dictated new standards for architecture with a series of articles in the journal 'Rassegna Italiana' (Italian Review), that in December 1926 also published the manifesto of Italian Rationalism, which argued the rejection of Eclecticism in favor of the principle of construction in series. This document was prior to the establishment of the Movimento Italiano per l'Architettura Razionale (MIAR) (Italian Movement for Rational Architecture), which included fifty architects divided into regional areas, with Minnucci secretary of the Roman area since the foundation" (Alessandra Capanna - Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Treccani)

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