Yale School of Architecture
Fall 2019 Parallels of the Modern
Critic Robert A.M. Stern
Published Retrospecta 43
This facade was designed in the manner of Gio Ponti for a fictional exhibition in 1940, highlighting the Strada Novissima as a return to the street and as a formative element of the city. Using elements from Ponti’s early houses as a starting point, such as the Laporte House in Via Benedetto Brin (1935-6), the façade uses screens, layering and hints of color to look forward to his future work. The Taranto Cathedral, one of his defining buildings in the 1970s, is used as the back screen of the facade.