Biography of Giorgio Grassi (1935-VVVV)

Italian architect. He/She was born in 1935 in Milan. After graduating from the University of his native city in 1960, working on the magazine Casabella-Continuità. Subsequently he/she worked as Professor in the schools of architecture of Milan and Pescara. He/She published several books throughout his life.

Like the majority of modern architects, has won prizes in numerous competitions: school complex (Bologna, 1964), residential unit at Lützowplatz (Berlin, 1981) or its extension of Bank Deuttsche (Leipzig, 1992) and some important as the prize of architecture from the College of architects of Valencia (1985) and the Heinrich Tessenow medal in Gold (Hamburg, 1992).It is has typecast him in rationalism or a futurism, although according to textual words of the same Grassi has never sought a new cultural architecture.In its accomplishments must distinguish two aspects: the new buildings and restorations and reconstructions. Born and live in Milan you will influence, because since childhood see with their own eyes one of the greatest European architectural heritages story-wise refers.In his works of new plant emphasizes the rationalism of his compositions, sharp edges, bucket, simple forms, no doubt with many influences from the great French master Le Corbusier. Such rationalism is manifested clearly in buildings as the residence for students in Chieti (Italy, 1976). With this architecture, it breaks with tradition and expressed its clear intention to transform the place as the same type and recognizes.This rationalism returns to be patent in projects such as the residential unit (Lützowplatz, 1981), and even in restorations such as the restoration and rehabilitation of the Roman Theatre of Sagunto (1985). This last and controversial work is conceived and explained by Grassi through the place where it is located. The theatre is located in the highest part of the village, at the top of the Hill. To transform the place, Grassi made a real façade with forms pure and clean, leaving the hidden ruins behind it. Despite the transformation that introduces, breaks not the place in which is located the theater since adapted his work rehabilitation, both by color and shape with the concept, the pre-existing building.This way to adapt to the terrain and change it is redisplayed in the single-family house in Lake Iseo (Italy, 1962), House rectangular, longitudinal, along the shore of the Lake, again with clear and pure forms.In 1983-1984 Grassi performed in Berlin a housing complex where they become to see the sharp volumes and formal purity.1985 is the restoration of the Almudia for Municipal Museum in Xàtiva (Valencia, 1985). Small building that the architect restores and rehabilitates respecting previous aesthetics, but without falling into the repetition, for the absurd, of historical forms.In the same city, Xàtiva, designed a refund. On this occasion of the Bellveret, although it did not materialize. The work of rectangular shapes adapts to the ground as if it were steps, as you are descending the Hill.Among his last works is the Italy Pavilion in the Giardini di Castello in Venice (1988); The National Library at Porta Volta (Milan, 1990); The library for the new campus Universitario in Valencia (1990); P.s. Carme de Abaixo in Santiago of Compostela (Spain, 1993); Project of reorganization of the Postdamen-Platz/Kothenertrasse, in Berlin (Germany, 1993), obtaining an award for this last. Also in these turns to see that will adapt and transform the place with shapes and volumes light, easy to recognize, and that characterize his work.


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