Current Issue: Domus 1015

Domus 1015

Cover: graphic interpretation of the drawing by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Larkin Building in Buffalo, New York, 1902-1906. Perspective and detail of the plan, 1930 circa. © Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, by SIAE 2017

Editorial: By way of conclusion

Unlike all the other arts, the making of architecture expresses only and “collective states of mind and intentions”. Therefore, taking
as our departure point the character that most belongs to it and is inherent in it – the fact that it is an eminently collective deed – we have considered it necessary that this particular type of human making must be carried out above all as the final expression of an accomplished design theory.

Enzo Cucchi: Reading the artist’s graphics

The director of the m.a.x. museo in Chiasso presents an exhibition – at the Spazio Officina first and then the Mole Vanvitelliana in Ancona – spanning 50 years of graphic design and 180 artist books by Enzo Cucchi: a key portion of the Marche master’s production that in itself encapsulates a whole formal universe.

Teaching habitation culture

Manolo De Giorgi, who has been teaching a first-years’ interior design course at the Milan Polytechnic since 2004, follows the educational model of the atelier, where students are thrown in at the deep end, without graduality, to deal with the complexity of space, particularly the kind of space we inhabit.

École d’architecture de la ville & des territoires à Marne-la-Vallée  

With 20-years of educational experience and a pragmatic approach to the profession, the school of Marne-la-Vallée sees architecture as the management of the environment and built-up areas, interacting with urban planning, landscape design and engineering. It also explores  less-frequented fields interacting with subjects such as risk management, territorial autonomy and agriculture.

Salvatore Ferragamo 1927: the return to Italy

An exhibition in Florence tells the typically Italian story of Salvatore Ferragamo’s return to Italy after 12 years in the United States – a tale full of wonderful inventions, courage and beauty, skilled hands and innovative techniques.

Gino Valle and Fantoni: a factory made up of architecture, design and industry

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the work relationship between the Fantoni company and Valle Architetti Associati, Silvia Bodei recounts for Domus their fruitful and emblematic exchange, during which Gino Valle was given free rein to turn humble warehouses and industrial buildings into genuine pieces of architecture.

Mantovarchitettura: a laboratory for designing amid history

Ilaria Valente and Federico Bucci of the Milan Polytechnic sum up the aim of the fourth MantovArchitettura event: to construct a large architectural design laboratory hosted in the monumental spaces of the city of Mantua, a setting where international maestri share their professional experiences with students. 

Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive

In 2012, the Museum of Modern Art in New York – with the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library of Columbia University – acquired the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation archive. Now it is holding a major retrospective to commemorate the great American architect’s birth 150 years ago and we asked Kenneth Frampton to talk about the exhibition.


Domus pays homage to Frank Lloyd Wright by publishing a passionate piece by Francesco Venezia on the American master’s finest work – the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Armed with rare architectural sensitivity, the author cleverly seeks and finds the essence of the design in its forms, directions and use of light, before deciding to transport the building to Orvieto, assisted by angels, “in its proper place, finally”.

Scotland Wing Extension and welcome building,  Auckland Castle

The designs contributed by Níall McLaughlin Architects to an ancient castle in Northwest England show a meticulous, attentive approach to the parables narrated by buildings: how they were constructed, what they are for and the dreams of the people who built them.

For a good politics

After a disastrous event like an earthquake, it is urgent to assist local communities towards a new beginning and not a reconstruction, identifying the pre-conditions so that the local community can live, thrive and innovate. 

Renovation and extension of the Musée d’arts de Nantes, France

The conversion and extension of the Musée d’Arts in Nantes takes in nearby public spaces in an integrated design, giving the redevelopment a firm sense of coherence, while creating an architectural and cultural route opening the institution to the city.

Watch factory, Glashütte, Germany

Compositional clarity and an orderly constructional vision have given quality to the extension of a famous watchmaker’s complex in Saxony. The strong relation with the pre-existing architecture and the geometrical ratio with the surroundings allow the new buildings to harmonise perfectly with their setting.

Press House, Lydenburg, South Africa

In the 1970s the Milanese architect designed a house in South Africa. Recently rediscovered, it is still relevant with its sensitive yet radical approach. The design takes to an extreme Zanuso’s research into an idea of the home fixed 30 years ago in the pages of Domus and still valid.  

Forvik ferry port, Norway

The spatial effect of an upturned vault sets the character of a small architecture on the Norwegian coast. Published in its project phase in the 977 February 2014 issue of Domus, the terminal highlights the Oslo firm’s ability to poetically interpret the land and a functional programme.

Konstantin Grcic: Magliana Project

In his latest project, the German designer’s focus has been on the archetypal character of two experimental and understated Nervi designs – the boat called La Giuseppa and the Padiglione della Magliana – marking Nervi’s continued research into the potential applications of one of his most revolutionary inventions: ferro-concrete.

Lia Rumma. Destiny: Naples-Milan, Milan-Naples, Naples and Milan

The story of Lia Rumma is an extraordinary one that merits to be told to our readers. It goes from her beginnings in Salerno at the side of the volcanic Marcello Rumma, to her arrival in Naples, city of her heart, all the way to Milan to conquer the world. With sobriety and rectitude, she works with an unstoppable crescendo of artists, critics and artwork, all part of her definition of art.

Zoran Đukanović’s Belgrade

Elzeviro: “Inhabiting music”

Space and music have always had crossed destinies, from the Gabrieli organists at St Mark’s in Venice, to the Philips pavilion by Le Corbusier with Edgard Varèse, right up to electronic experimentation. And now, in homes, music is everywhere. 

Rassegna: Envelopes