Saturday, April 21, 2007

Libera's Palazzo Postale a Roma

Adalberto Libera, Italian architect and member of the Gruppo 7, firmly supported the movement of Italian Rationalism, employing its modern techniques and methods in many of his own buildings. While he has worked on exposition buildings and dwelling units, he is also known for his work on office buildings. The post office on via Marmorata in Rome (1932) is a good example. This office, better known as the Palazzo Postale has been divided into three distinct parts. The center public area is particularly interesting with its two-story atrium, lengthy skylight, and aluminum decoration along its walls. This area is flanked by two private sectors each with a stairway. The grill and fenestration corresponding to each stairway also adds interest to the monumental office.
Greg Scarmo

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