From the Fascist to the Postwar period, from the important assignments of the first phase to the search for new design opportunities, Ettore Rossi’s professional life follows the lights and shadows of Italian history, and crosses that of other leading architects. The first design studio he opened in Rome in the 1930s became a place for exchanging ideas with the professionals who share and frequent it, protagonists of the controversial Italian rationalist architecture: Mario Ridolfi, Vittorio Cafiero, Giulio Rinaldi, Wolfgang Frankl, Adalberto Libera and others. Rossi confronts and collaborates with them and, probably, also thanks to them, he fine-tunes the modern style of the ‘medical machines’ he designs, taking advantage of his knowledge of modern monobloc hospitals. The war, the fall of the regime and the absence of professional positions, especially for the ‘castaways’ of fascism, will take him from Rome to Milan, where, in search of new design opportunities, his professional career will cross that of other protagonists of Italian architecture and will exploit the experience in the healthcare sector, with numerous projects of Italian hospital complexes built since the 1950s.

Ettore Rossi. Opere e scambi professionali, tra Ventennio e Dopoguerra.

Patrizia Montuori
2021

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From the Fascist to the Postwar period, from the important assignments of the first phase to the search for new design opportunities, Ettore Rossi’s professional life follows the lights and shadows of Italian history, and crosses that of other leading architects. The first design studio he opened in Rome in the 1930s became a place for exchanging ideas with the professionals who share and frequent it, protagonists of the controversial Italian rationalist architecture: Mario Ridolfi, Vittorio Cafiero, Giulio Rinaldi, Wolfgang Frankl, Adalberto Libera and others. Rossi confronts and collaborates with them and, probably, also thanks to them, he fine-tunes the modern style of the ‘medical machines’ he designs, taking advantage of his knowledge of modern monobloc hospitals. The war, the fall of the regime and the absence of professional positions, especially for the ‘castaways’ of fascism, will take him from Rome to Milan, where, in search of new design opportunities, his professional career will cross that of other protagonists of Italian architecture and will exploit the experience in the healthcare sector, with numerous projects of Italian hospital complexes built since the 1950s.
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