Projects

West of Japan / East of Europe: Bruno Taut’s Hyuga Villa

The exhibition „West of Japan / East of Europe“ is devoted to the only existing project that Bruno Taut realized during his three-year stay in Japan, Hyuga Villa (Kyu Hyuga Bettei) in Atami, built in 1936. His project embodies a deeply personal reflection on Japanese architecture, mediated through Taut‘s European sensibility. The result represents a unique example of cross-cultural breeding, which, at the time of its completion, stood at odds with mainstream Modernism in Europe on the one hand, and with the local architectural language on the other. The complete, detailed plans of Hyuga Villa are presented for the first time to the public, paired with large-format photographs by the architectural photographer Dave Clough. By juxtaposing drawings and pictures, we hope to immerse the visitor in the realm of Taut‘s architectural preoccupations: pondering about spatial proportions on one side, and Stimmung and materiality on the other.

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Details – Architecture seen in section

The aim of this research project is to demonstrate how insightful a section can be, in order to represent the complexity of the architectural artifact, since it allows the simultaneous perception of materiality and form, of building envelope and interior spaces. From this point of view, the section acquires an iconic character.
Our research project about the detail emphasises the relationship between the different fundamentals in architecture and tackles the issue of tectonic syntax that regulates the architectural composition.

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Carlo Ghega – Ingegnere veneziano

Carlo Ghega è uno dei massimi ingegneri europei. Formatosi a Venezia e Padova e compiuto il proprio apprendistato come ingegnere idraulico a Rovigo, grazie agli uffici dell’ingegnere Ermenegildo Francesconi, Ghega verso la metà degli anni trenta dell’ottocento si sposta a Vienna dove collaborerà alla realizzazione delle più importanti imprese ferroviarie dell’epoca, tra queste il primo attraversamento alpino con il superamento del difficile passo del Semmering.

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The house in Michaelereplatz by Adolf Loos

The exhibition analyses what is considered the masterpiece of Adolf Loos, the house on the Michaelerplatz in Vienna, designed in 1909 for the Tailoring Workshop of Goldman & Salatsch. The analysis of the building is sustained by a rich documentation that allows us to retrace the salient phases of the project: the relationship with the Urban Planning Office, the options studied by Loos in the light of the patrons’ different requests, the proposal presented for the Building Permission, the construction site designs and finally, the drawings that allow us to reinterpretate in a new way the different solutions for the façade that at the time unleashed a violent Press campaign against Loos’ project. The exhibition finally shows from a new point of view the origin of the specific spatial configuration that represents the most relevant contribution of Loos to the architecture of the twentieth century, the Raumplan. The graphic materials are faithfully reproduced in natural scale.

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