Vittorio Mazzucconi’s training has not been the one that is provided
by the Architecture Schools. Not only he didn’t attend their courses,
while preferring the more difficult way of a solitary learning, but, due
to this choice, he remained exempt from the kind of ideological conditioning
and cultural factiousness, which unfortunately are at the very base of
most of the contemporary architectural culture On the contrary, Mazzucconi
has devoted himself without reserve to the love for classic antiquity
and for the Renaissance, through draftsmanship – architectural relief,
perspective, drawings from the nude etc. - Arts and philosophy.
|Building and Poetry
After the first youth, employed in such a training, it was very important
for him do make some work experience with other architects: first with
whom, like A.Boraschi and B.Zavanella, gave to him a kind of initiation
in contemporary architecture, and then with C.B. Negri, the best pupil
of the great Muzio, who was his very master in the art of uniting the
building practice with a free and poetic love for beauty.
Besides the projects to which he contributed in the period he was working
with these architects, Mazzucconi studied in the same years some projects
on his own: the: Sacrarium
at Bari, a House
on the Island of Capraia and the Psychiatric
Hospital of Frosinone.
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After leaving the office of C.B.Negri in 1956, Mazzucconi started a long
period of traveling abroad for studies and work. These travels brought
him in Switzerland and Sweden, in Paris, in London etc, until coming back
to Milan only in1962.
He had then the opportunity of opening himself do the spirit of modern
European architecture, particularly by means of a full experience of Paris
and a real love for Le Corbusier, whom he also met. A professional activity
in Paris would develop itself many years afterwards (see the projects
this preliminary experience was very important. It allowed Mazzucconi
to elaborate his own architectural language and also to give a contribution
of imagination and creative freedom to the French way of making architecture
which, at that time, was very rigid.
To this period belongs a few projects: a School
– Nuns Convent di suore a Parigi, Maison
des jeunes in Paris, a College
in Normandy, an apartment building at Bourg la Rejne, etc.
The following experiences were determinant as well, bringing Mazzucconi
in touch with the pragmatic approach of the English architecture and with
the neat modernity of the Scandinavian one. An expression of such experiences,
respectively were the project for the Peugeot
skyscraper, in Buenos Aires, carried on with a group of English engineers
(A.Strutt and D.Maddocks), and the project for a Church