Photos of the condominium entrances in Milan

The common spaces of the residential buildings, the threshold between public and private, the place of intimacy, portrayed by Federico Torra’s shots.

The collection Condomini Milanesi, born from the Sunday trips of the photographer Federico Torra, is a series of shots that capture a particular place in the Milanese condominium, the one between the private apartments and the public of the street, “where often the feeling is to cross a threshold of intimacy of places”: the entrances.

Among the buildings portrayed there is the Casa a tre cilindri, designed in 1956 by architects Mangiarotti and Morassutti, where the three main volumes are connected to the ground floor by a central nucleus and an irregularly shaped atrium. Externally the available surface has been used to create a garden, which goes as far as the cylindrical covers.

Follow photos of the Case Feal by Marco Zanuso, two mirror bodies – each with four floors above ground – connected by a permeable ground floor, thanks to the use of steel pilotis. The photos depict the contrast between the freshness of the plants in the courtyard and the grey trachyte panels of Milanese tradition.

Case Feal, Marco Zanuso, 1961-63. Foto Federico Torra

At number 33 of viale Sempione, finally, we find the entrance to the INA Skyscraper by Bottoni, a promenade with a large, completely open, passing atrium, marked by pillars covered with cement and thin gravel, and decorated by walls treated like paintings, in which mosaic tiles of stuff and cobalt blue alternate in geometric fields.

“I think that for Milan, the size of the condominium is very important” Torra tells us in showing us these shots, “a sort of vertical commune of people who share the same building and together they help to take care of and manage the common spaces in a more or less peaceful and shared agreement”.

Federico Torra was born in Milano in 1986. Graduated in Art History and attended Photography Master at the CFP Bauer in Milano. Focused both on architecture and urban landscape. Also working as a cinematographer for videos.

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