Casa del Fascio
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Architect Giuseppi Terragni
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Location Como, Italy   map
Date 1936   timeline
Building Type office
 Construction System reinforced concrete
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Originally designed with traditional hipped roof and rusticated base, but instead grew into an early exemplar of the modern style. Coincidence of spatial and structural modules.


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Discussion Casa del Fascio Commentary

"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. p70, 74.

Sources on Casa del Fascio

Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD .0218. PCD 2260.1012.0218.

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63.   The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at

Edward Ford. The Details of Modern Architecture. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990. ISBN 0-262-06121-X. exterior photo, f 8.43, structure axon, f8.44, structural detail section, f8.45, p256. interior photo, p8.46, details drawings, f8.47, 8.48, p258.   Highly recommended for serious observers, and available at

Kenneth Frampton. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. ISBN 0-8478-0506-9. LC 83-61363. NA642.F7 1983. section, p384. — Available at

Peter Gossel and Gabriele Leuthauser. Architecture in the Twentieth Century. Germany: Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1991. ISBN 3-8228-0550-5. context photo, p198. discusssion, exterior close-up photo and plan drawing, p199.

Bruno Zevi. Guiseppe Terragni. London: Triangle Architectural Publishing, 1989. ISBN 1-871825-00-8. NA1123.T4A4 1989. discussion p16, 70, 74.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Casa del Fascio


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