Giuseppe Terragni

In 1926 he graduated from the School of Architecture at the Politecnico of Milan and in the same year, he co-founded the “Group 7”, signing, with a series of articles on “The Italian Festival”, the first document about modern architecture in Italy.

In 1927 he began his professional career in Como, participating in the I and II Exhibition of Rationalism in Rome in 1928 and in 1931, the tenth anniversary of the show in Rome in 1932, the V Milan Triennale in 1933. During these years he  also took part in several group exhibitions of painting with works inspired by the current of the “twentieth century”; later he will collaborate with artists of abstractionism from Como and Milan; he started the magazines “Dial” in 1933 and “Primordial Values” in 1938. In 1933 participates in the IV Congress of CIAM in Athens, together with Le Corbusier.

His most famous works are the monuments to the fallen of Como and Erba, the residential building “Novocomum”, the Casa del Fascio in Como, the Sant’Elia kindergarten in Como, Villa Bianca in Seveso, the Danteum in Rome, “Casa Rustici” in Milan, “Casa Giuliani Frigerio” in Como.
The originality of its projects is characterized by inventive design solutions, but with forms for “a desire for truth, logic, order, for a lucidity that knows of Hellenism”. His work put him in a position out of the official culture of the fascist regime, and set it apart from the strict rules of the European and American functionalism, which tend to adjust the architecture with abstract patterns and replicable in fixed modules.

Called to Arms in 1939 and consigned the following year on the Russian war front, back to Como physically and mentally jaded, and died suddenly on July 19, 1943.
Although his works are concentrated in just 10 years of feverish activity, Terragni is unanimously considered today the most important Italian architect of the first half of the twentieth century.

Edited by Attilio Terragni



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