Palace Perogalli

building in Milan

The The Palace Perogalli also known as Palazzo Perogalli is a residential building designed in 1952 by Carlo Perogalli and Attilio Mariani in Viale Beatrice d'Este 26, in the historic center of Milan inside the Quadronno District, which collects the open-air masterpieces of numerous archistars of the fifties.

Palace Perogalli
General information
Viale Beatrice d'Este 26
Technical details
Floor count9

The Palace offers a view of via Anelli and Palazzo Galmanini Portaluppi at the corner of Via Anelli, considered the most important design masterpiece in the area.

Description change

Carlo Perogalli and Attilio Mariani also built the adjacent design building in Viale Beatrice d'Este 24 known as The Abstract House.

The Palazzo is like the adjacent building, in support, of La Casa Astratta, an expression of the theories of the MAC-Movimento d'Arte Concreta with a facade that recalls "a rhythmic score based on the alternation of brown and Havana clinker panels, separated from each other by the empty windows and the glossy white of the roller shutter boxes."[1]

Palazzo Perogalli was built a few years after the Abstract House, in which the main element this time is the color which, on the side façade, gives a dynamic effect and breaks the static nature of the wall box through staggered clinker panels of different sizes and alternating colors, orange and brown.[2]

The Palazzo is the first example of Clinker cladding, which will later become one of the "means of expression most used by the Milanese design culture" and will be the inspiration for works by Gio Ponti, Caccia Dominioni, Franco Albini, and Ignazio Gardella "who reflect on the theme of architectural skin composed of flakes of the most varied shapes and shades of color".

Style change

This characterization of color is the main element of the building. "So: the color yes, but with an architectural function, which is to follow the exact path. In this house a fine and minute texture, marked, with a well-known but well-used motif, by the uprights which connect the balconies, is accompanied by a chessboard of two-tone Clinker panels, alternately the same, between these two colors the emptyness of the display case and the white of the lid of the box act as a separation: a pleasant effect certainly". The side elevation, on the other hand, is clad with litho-ceramic chess patterns alternating between tan and brown colors.

History change

• Design: 1951-1952 • Execution: 1952 • reference date: 1951 - 1952

References change

  1. Edilizia moderna, Milano 1953, n. 51, dicembre, pp. 63-66
  2. Biraghi M., Lo Ricco G., Micheli S. (a cura di), Guida all'architettura di Milano 1954-2014, Milano 2013, pp. 14-15

Bibliography change

  • Archivio Carlo Perogalli, Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Design
  • Archivio Civico di Milano
  • Fondo Attilio Mariani, Milano
  • Edilizia moderna, Milano 1953, n. 51, dicembre, pp. 63–66
  • Pica A., Architettura moderna in Milano. Guida, Milano 1964
  • MAC e dintorni, Sondrio 1997
  • Biraghi M., Lo Ricco G., Micheli S. (a cura di), Guida all'architettura di Milano 1954-2014, Milano 2013, pp. 14–15

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