Biography of Franco Albini (1905-1977)

Italian architect. Born in Robbiate (as) and died in Milan in 1977. He/She studied at the Polytechnic University of Milan, acting as independent architect since 1930. From 1952 he/she worked with Franca Helg; in 1962 the son of Albeni, Marco joined them Antoni Piva and three years later. Lectured at the school of Milan from 1963 until his death. He/She was a member of the International Congress of modern architecture (C.I.A.M.).

The different phases of his career are marked by some works, although it is generally a constant architect. Milan made the House of village Favio Filzi, 1936, and the village Pestarini; in Parma the I.N.A. building, 1951; and in Rome Rinascente department stores, 1957-62. This last work done with Franca Helg; It's a matt black metal construction and takes up the mouldings of the Roman Renaissance palaces decoration, harmonizing the facade of panels in the urban context that surrounds it with help of a texture granular reddish.

Also has been engaged in the restoration of museums and Interior reform, such as the Palacio Bianco in Genoa, 1951, or the Museum of the treasure of San Lorenzo, getting interesting lighting effects.

She also works as an industrial designer, from his role as member of the creator team of the Chair for the Milan Triennale of 1936, to production, together with Helg Franco of the circular armchair Margherita. Over the years exceeds the limits of rationalism as dogma, without leaving aside the basic principles and themes of his works: the identification of the form and structure.


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