Ex Casa del Fascio

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garyp281
New York City, NY162 contributions
Modern Architecture in Como
Jan 2020
My third visit to Como over many years: I come to see the Casa del Fascio, built by the Architect Terragni during the fascist years before WWII. It's perfection in its mathematical proportions, and hasn't aged since being built. For Architecture buffs, this is a place of pilgrimage!
Written January 9, 2020
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,251 contributions
Historical building of 20th Century
May 2019 • Friends
Excasa del Fascio is a house built in 30s of the 20th Century, in a rationalist style and it is located in Como (near the Cathedral), the main town of Lago di Como, in the lakes region, in the North part of Italy. In fact, it is a curious and modern building, which pitifully was built to fascist government of Mussolini. After the 2nd World War it has been used to some activities and now it is used by Guardia di Finanza.
Written June 4, 2019
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Maplehawk
Calgary, Canada386 contributions
Amazing design when you consider the age
May 2018 • Couples
Go have a look. We only walked around the exterior. Marvel at the foresight and the attention to detail.
Written May 10, 2018
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Russell N
Jersey, UK466 contributions
Worth a look
Aug 2017 • Solo
Given the abundance of really, really old architecture in Italy, sometimes it's nice to visit something a little more recent. The Pre WW2 Rationalist style may not be to everyone's taste but it is part of Italian history so worth a look.
Written August 7, 2017
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Gareth P
Croydon, UK84 contributions
Stunning architecture, conflicting feelings
Apr 2017 • Couples
I don't believe many people come to Como just for the Volta museum, even though the physicist, the inventor of the electrical battery and arguably Como's most illustrious citizen was born in the town. Equally, there can't be too many people who come specifically for the rationalist architecture, apart from architects.
Giuseppe Terragni was born in Como and produced some of the most inspiring modernist buildings; the Palazzo Terragni (completed 1936), formerly known as the Casa del Fascio (the Fascist Party headquarters) is not only regarded as the architect's best work, but is internationally renowned and cited by many as a key architectural reference.
I'm only an enthusiastic amateur but despite my love of modernism, I am conflicted by the architect aligning himself with Mussolini's fascists. It seems odd to me that Terragni, foremost exponent of a branch of his art in which architecture is considered a science that can be comprehended rationally, should consciously side with the fascists, as they espoused an irrational authoritarian nationalism.
However, I don't believe a building can be 'fascist' and from a purely aesthetic point of view, the Palazzo Terragni ticks all the right boxes. Sitting opposite Como's cathedral with its own piazza (the Piazza del Popolo), the length of the façade is exactly twice the height and there is a pleasing balance of full and empty spaces. The white stone cladding and the dimensions of the horizontal and vertical lines not only give the building a modern appearance but also seem to give it a lightness; it looks like a modern villa and
the side and back elevations are equally interesting. It's one building in Como's 'Rationalist trail' which takes in the war memorial (Monumento ai Caduti, Monument to the Fallen, 1933), Giuseppe Sinigaglia stadium (1927) and the rather splendid Novocomum (1929) which hosts a study centre for Terragni (in association with the University of Milan) and is undergoing conservation to return the ground floor offices to their original state.
If you go to see the Terragni Palace, you need to spend more time visiting the Novocomum, both are important buildings
Written July 27, 2017
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DonPaulo
Richmond, Virginia1,289 contributions
Left Me Cold
Apr 2017 • Couples
Unless you are an architect, I do not understand the fascination with this building. I find it uninteresting. It fails the eye test. It does not seem to pass the practicality test either. If you see experimental value in it, I can accept that - without liking it.
Written April 29, 2017
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ElenaNW87RL
Pfaeffikon, Switzerland1,918 contributions
A subtle installation
Feb 2017 • Couples
The former Casa del Fascio of Como, also known as Palazzo Terragni, a subtle installation in an historic urban core, across the road from the Cathedral, a tectonic, detailed and monumental work of architecture. Arguably a landmark of modern European architecture by Giuseppe Terragni within the context of the Italian rationalism, an early testament of style, which remains an object of studies fifty years after its creation. A structural framework with plenty of glass and layered depth, as much eloquent as unassuming building that you can easily miss unless you are looking for it.
Written February 27, 2017
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BURGWIN
Melbourne, Australia3,371 contributions
Modern and already over 50 years old
Oct 2016 • Couples
This building is cited as an exemplary manifestation of the International style of architecture. Today it is the provincial headquarters of the Guardia di Finanza (financial police force).
The clear and simple structure of the house fascinates: a kind of modern palazzo. Build in Mussolini's time the Casa is a fine example of rationalism but at the same time it reminds us of a really bad past of Italy.

I cite:
"The landmark of modern European architecture. This building describes the creative spirit of Terragni within the context of the rationalist vocabulary. It is an early testament of style, which might explain why, fifty years later, it is the object of passionate studies. It is a perfect prism with the side 33.20 meters long and 16.60 meters high. It represents a starting point of such rigidity as to encourage a struggle against any classicist potential. The square and the prism are in fact the basic principles of the purism of Le Corbusier. In the building it is these principles that are being questioned because the main volume is not on 'pilotis' and the facades are not free from the structural framework, in fact, they are involved with it, so as to achieve a layered depth. The pulling back of the entrance and breaking up of the top make certain that the building attains a transparency....The human scale and the horizontal prevail."
(Bruno Zevi. Guiseppe Terragni. London: Triangle Architectural Publishing, 1989. ISBN 1-871825-00-8. p 70, 74.)
Written October 22, 2016
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Brii c
Bardolino, Italy239 contributions
very interesting building
Oct 2016 • Solo
You just must see this, looks as it was made in the 70-ties but is actually from mid 30. Incredible!!
Written October 9, 2016
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,225 contributions
Former Fascist Party HQ
Apr 2016 • Solo
Now a police station, this striking example of rationalist architecture was built in 1936 to be the HQ for the municipal fascist party. It is difficult to gain access to the interior (although there are occasional open days) but it is easy to find, across the road behind the Duomo, and is a striking example of 1930s architecture.
Written April 7, 2016
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