We mainly experience cities from the street but in this film commissioned by the Fondazione Studio Museo Vico Magistretti to launch the exhibition Posed Architectures, we soar over the city of Milan for a fresh look at some of its most famous buildings. For the first time the Fondazione Studio Museo Vico Magistretti presents an exhibition on Magistretti as architect, working with the photographs of buildings that have set the contemporary tone of the city of Milan. Projects include the Church of Santa Maria Nascente in the QT8 neighborhood designed between 1947 and 1955 with Mario Tedeschi; the Tower at Parco Sempione on Via Revere (pictured) designed between 1953 and 1956 with Franco Longoni, the building on Via Leopardi designed between 1958 and 1961 with Guido Veneziani; the building on Piazza San Marco designed between 1966 and 1973, and last but not least, the Department of Biology of the Università degli Studi of Milan designed with Franco Soro between 1978 and 1981.
The accompanying video produced by Francesca Molteni takes us on a flight over the city, soaring over his buildings while narrating the story behind six of his works. The film provides a new and completely engaging perspective of both the city of Milan and the works of Magistretti. Watch the film here. It has a great soundtrack and some nice, pithy quotes by Magistretti, including our favourite below.
"In 1953 I did the skyscraper of the park, in front of the Triennale, with others who were older than I was. I had made it brown, the colour of a tree trunk but nobody was buying the apartments, so we made it white." – Vico Magistretti
Posed Architectures opens during the Milan Furniture Fair from 8–13 April, 11am until 8pm daily, and runs until 19 December 2014. The show held at the Fondazione Studio Museo Vico Magistretti is curated by Fulvio Irace with Manuela Leoni, designed by Paolo Ulian and is supported by Leopardi 15 – Case d’Autore.