Designtel - Novazzano Housing Complex, Mario Botta

Novazzano Housing Complex [1992]

Mario Botta

Imagery: Stefano Perego

Comprising one-hundred low cost dwellings, Mario Botta’s design for Novazzano presents a masterplan of acutely gridded, colourful four storey blocks stylistically reminiscent of the Memphis Group’s output. Organised in a ‘U’ formation around an expansive paved area designed for recreation, Botta’s playful interaction with simple, saturated geometries and outdoor space presents a stark response to a social housing brief. Directly referencing the work of many architect’s works within his own, the Novazzano recalls the output of Carlo Scarpa most directly, with the axial qualities of Louis Kahn – both key influencers of his.

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