The Town Hall in Borgoricco, Italy, designed by Aldo Rossi, was known for his repeated use of cones, cylinders and squares.
Town Hall of Borgoricco technical information
- Architects : Aldo Rossi
- Location : Borgoricco, Italy
- Typology : Cultural Architecture / Town Hall
- Project Year: 1990
- Topics: Postmodernism
- Photographs : © Andrea Pirisi
What surprises me most in architecture, as in other techniques, is that a project has one life in its built state but another in its written or drawn state.
– Aldo Rossi
Town Hall of Borgoricco
Although Aldo Rossi ‘s first projects, the San Cataldo cemetery in Modena (begun 1972), were contemporary with the publication of his most important theoretical works, only in the late 1970s and 1980s did his building work begin in earnest, and only in the last few years has his fame brought him a significant numberr of commissions in Italy.
Aldo Rossi submitted in 1983 a design for the new town hall for the small village of Borgoricco in the Province of Padua, in the Italian region Veneto situated roughly 30 kilometers northwest of Venice. The town hall was completed in 1990 and adopted the U-shaped plan.
Aldo Rossi opens it up with a south-facing courtyard framed on one end by copper clad, barrel-vaulted roofs that cascade down over the meeting room and the archives. Each of the three principal views is articulated in markedly different ways, yet ordered and related by such elements us the narrow brick walls that rise through the full two stories.
About Aldo Rossi
Aldo Rossi (3 May 1931 – 4 September 1997) was an Italian architect and designer who accomplished the unusual feat of achieving international recognition in four distinct areas: theory, drawing, architecture and product design. He was the first Italian to receive the Pritzker Prize for architecture.