The affordable-housing block stands solitarily at 11 storeys high and oriented for the best exposure to sunlight, in the Quartiere Sperimentale built for the 8th Triennale (1947).
The entrances and the apartments’ small kitchens and bathrooms are on the west side. The east wall contains the loggias leading to the apartments, featuring an interesting three-step stagger to prevent outsiders from seeing into the bedrooms and living rooms.
The ground-floor portico is decorated with large coloured mosaics by the painters Crippa, Dova and Soldati.
The round two-storey pavilion (7.5-metre radius), later donated to the City Council, housed a permanent exhibition on the QT8 and offered shelter in adverse weather conditions to children keen to play on the grass in front. A semicircular feature comprising the stairs to the lower floor and toilets was inserted into a single large space. The large cantilever roof slab housed mechanisms for opening and for regulating the light. The semicircular exterior featured artwork by Bottoni and a blackboard for children’s games.
Other significant buildings by Pietro Lingeri:
VE-DE-ME Low-cost housing and playground (with A. Magnaghi and M. Terzaghi), 1940-1942, Via Francesco De Sanctis 20, on the corner of Via Privata Liutprando
Società De Angelis Frua Building, 1947-1952, Via Pietro Paleocapa 7
Residential and commercial complex, 1950, Via Melchiorre Gioia 1; Via Carlo De Cristoforis 15
Via Legnano residential and office building (with A. Pini), 1950-1951, Via Giulianova 1 (formerly Via Legnano 18/a) 'Condominio della Rosa’ residential building (with Studio Lingeri), 1956-1963, Piazza Buonarroti 32, on the corner of Via Tiziano; Via Michelangelo Buonarroti
INA Casa Vialba Quarter(coordinator with E. Cerutti), Buildings n. 47/47 bis/50/51 (with C. Terragni, E. Terragni and Studio Lingeri), 1957-1960, Via Felice Orsini; Via Otranto, Via Val Lagarina; Via Val Trompia
A.T.M. Infirmary (with Studio Lingeri), 1963-1964, Via Carlo Farini 9
Other significant buildings by Piero Bottoni:
Via Mercadante residential building, 1934-1935, Via Saverio Mercadante 7
Corso Genova building, 1949-1950, Corso Genova 4
INA-Casa houses, 1949-1953, Via Felice Orsini 80 in Vialba district
INA-Casa building (with M. Morini and C. Villa), 1952-1953, Via San Giusto 37
INCIS building in QT8 district, 1953-1956, Via Bertinoro 9
Monte Stella, 1953-1967, QT8 district