The dark side of superfetation

Superfetation , as we have seen here , means to add new constructions to the old ones.

Its effects, in architecture, can be significant and even surprising, but if you do not have the right design sensibility, you can create monsters.
Famous architects have attempted in this dangerous practice, often sinking into construction obscenities.

Mario Ridolfi, intervento a Roma

Ridolfi was a prominent rationalist in the fascist period and post-war neo-realist, but I think there is any doubt about the quality of this intervention: win some, lose some.

I must confess I don’t know this intervention very well, it seems to be a temporary building, near the Duomo in Milan downtow. In such cases
it’s enough to call it a temporary installation to appease the proper anger of the people forced to just watch.

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The above intervention in Milan resembles the most prestigious one Coop Himmelb(l)au Vienna, which I find beautiful and turn out well.


Don’t forget that, in architectural history, superfetation was the “good and right” thing to save building materials, maximize space, and renewing the urban environment of the city, without having the slightest awareness of all this.

Teatro Marcello Roma
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