Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Casa del Fascio in Como

View of Interior Courtyard

The Casa del Fascio in Como is a symbol of Fascist Architecture in Italy. Several other cities in Italy have their own Casa del Fascio that was constructed during the Fascist Regime. These buildings were used as a meeting place where Mussolini made his address every Saturday to all of Italy. Giuseppe Terragni designed this one in Como and it was built between 1933-1936. On the exterior, each elevation of the building is different. The interior layout is similar to an Italian palace, in which there is a large central courtyard. In the courtyard the ceiling is composed of small glass blocks, which allow natural light to flood the space. Today it is used by the Guardia di Finanzia, the Italian military police.

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