Giuseppe Terragni - Italy

Giuseppe Ercole Enea Terragni
(18.04.1904-19.07.1943) was born as fourth and youngest son of Michele Terragni. When Giuseppe Terragni was five years old,
the family moved to Como. From 1921 to 1926 Giuseppe Terragni studied architectur at the Politecnico di Milan. After graduating, Giuseppe Terragni founded
an architectural office in the parents home in Como, together with his brother Attilio. This office existed until 1939.
Together with six other grauduates from the Politecnico di Milano (
Luigi Figini, Guido Frette, Sebastiano Larco, Adalberto Libera, Gino Pollini, Carlo Enrico Rava),
he founded the Grupo 7, the architectural movement
of the Architettura Razionale, in 1926/27.
Terragni is one of the most important forerunners of modern architecture in Italy. Characteristic for his architecture is the strict rejection of historism and
the reduction to elementary geometric forms. Giuseppe Terragni never considered his architecture to be free of historic, especially classic, references.
His architecture was consciously related to the roman antiquity in a sens of abstraction - his works showing great quality in order and rhythm. Terragnis classicism
can be considered as an absolut purism of mathematical relations, which is expressed in classical proportions. As most of the leading italian modernists,
Giuseppe Terragni was strongly committed to fascism. In the age of only 39 years, he died in consequence of a military operation.

1933 - 1935  Casa Ghiringhelli, Milano
1933 - 1935  Casa Toninello, Milano
1933 - 1936  Casa Rustici, Milano
1934 - 1938  Casa Rustici-Comolli, Milano