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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stacked Casa del Fascio?

I can't be the only person who thinks the recently completed "Aufstockung und Generalsanierung Wohnhochhaus als Nullenergiehaus" designed by Freivogel-Architekten...

[Photo: Dietmar Strauß, via German-Architects]

looks like Giuseppe Terragni's Casa del Fascio...

stacked two high?

[Original photo of Casa del Fascio from here]

Not only do the (1) articulated grid, (2) deep-set openings and (3) expanse of flat wall surface on one side of the building in Pforzheim, Germany, bring to mind the 1936 building in Como, Italy, but the generous space in front of each building (a road and train tracks in the case of Freivogel-Architekten's refurbishment of the 9-story building, and a plaza in the case of the 4-story Casa del Fascio) allows their fronts to be seen like 2-dimensional elevations. The proportions may be different but the similarities are uncanny.


  1. As the quote goes, "Good artists copy, great artists steal." Difficult to see enough separation between the two to suggest much more than copying. That's not to be extrapolated to the larger body of work of Freivogel-Architekten, of which I have no knowledge. You do present a strong case for this particular project, though.

  2. this shows the whole difference btw germans and italians sensitivity


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