Spatiologies – Vittorio Giorgini

Giorgini_Walking_WalkingTall_1981-83Walking Tall – Vittorio Giorgini [1980-81]

Vittorio Giorginis early architectural works allude to the topological features of continuous surfaces like the Möbius strip or the paradoxical, and non-orientable, Klein bottle. His signature compound curvature buildings such as the Casa Saldarini in Italy and the Liberty Center in New York State (unfinished and latter demolished) expose a long-lasting obsession with organic thin-shell manifolds. His book Spatiology: The Morphology of the Natural Sciences in Architecture and Design is an early work on biologically inspired architecture. It contains numerous sketches outlining the use of geometric procedures to generate manifolds and minimal surfaces as solutions to architectural problems.

Giorgini_Walking_WalkingTall_1981-83Walking Tall – Vittorio Giorgini [1980-81]

Giorgini_Walking_WalkingTall_1981-83Walking Tall – Vittorio Giorgini [1980-81]

Giorgini_Walking_WalkingTall_1981-83Walking Tall – Vittorio Giorgini [1980-81]

Giorgini_Walking_WalkingTall_1981-83Walking Tall – Vittorio Giorgini [1980-81]

Giorgini_Walking_WalkingTall_1981-83Walking Tall – Vittorio Giorgini [1980-81]

Giorgini_Walking_WalkingTall_1981-83Walking Tall – Vittorio Giorgini [1980-81]

In a later body of work he explores the use of lattice beams, spatial meshes and tensostructures, sometimes combining both asymmetric and symmetrical modules – good examples are his Walking Tall and Module Octet projects. Walking Tall was a skyscraper designed for New York in 1982-1983. The building, which was intended to rise to a height of more than 250 meters, employs asymmetric tetrahedral elements and is structurally reminiscent of utopian blueprints of the Soviet constructivist architectures of the 1920′s. Giorgini kept long-lasting friendships with the artists Jean Arp and Roberto Matta. The former artist may have left his biomorphic influences on Giorgini’s early topological architectures, while the latter artist’s dynamic three-dimension ‘inscape’ spaces may well be connected to Giorgini’s later angular works

Giorgini_spatiologyPlate from Spatiology: The Morphology of the Natural Sciences in Architecture and Design – Vittorio Giorgini

Giorgini_spatiologyPlate from Spatiology: The Morphology of the Natural Sciences in Architecture and Design – Vittorio Giorgini

Giorgini_spatiologyPlate from Spatiology: The Morphology of the Natural Sciences in Architecture and Design – Vittorio Giorgini

Vitorio_Giorgini_Module_Octet_1991Module Octet – Vittorio Giorgini [1991]

Vitorio-Giorgini_Module_Octet_1991Module Octet – Vittorio Giorgini [1991]

Vitorio-Giorgini_RiverCrane_1993_2River Crane – Vittorio Giorgini [1993]

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One Response to “Spatiologies – Vittorio Giorgini”

  1. Marco Del Francia writes:

    excellent site and congratulations to remember the work of Vittorio Giorgini

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