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Aggiunte alla Borsa di Milano. La facciata principale e la scala circolare

digital Aggiunte alla Borsa di Milano.
La facciata principale e la scala circolare
Articolo
rivista ARTE LOMBARDA
fascicolo ARTE LOMBARDA - 2017 - 3
titolo Aggiunte alla Borsa di Milano. La facciata principale e la scala circolare
autore
editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 05-2018
doi 10.26350/666112_000007
issn 0004-3443 (stampa)
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In the 1920s, the Milan Stock Exchange brought to an end a decade of works by Paolo Mezzanotte, who designed buildings to meet the functional and representational needs required for the administration of public affairs. One of the various projects was a ‘business district’, which would have expanded the financial capital but that never got off the ground, for national political and local administrative reasons. The only building in the complex that was completed was that of the Stock and Commodities Exchange. The facade, which was to be highly emblematic, was to give onto the space that would bring together the markets that were normally held in many streets in the city. It was designed as a theatrical backdrop for the arcaded square, which was a pedestrian precinct. The architecture took inspiration from the ancient classical sources that had also been used by Bramante, Serlio, and Vignola. It took up elements of classical composition, but with a close eye on the contemporary age, thus responding to the needs of modern life, and it did so in an original, non-imitative manner. It also avoided the dominant doctrinal style that was establishing itself at the time as the architecture of the regime. This is evident in the circular staircase that leads to the head offices from the gallery at the base of the facade, where the coupling of the geometrical spiral with the architectural order gives formal structure to the entire building and distinguishes it from other contemporary and later constructions inspired by a similar, traditional style.

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