BACK HOMEPAGE ARCHITECTURE PAINTING FOUNDATION

B.1.2.1

YEARS OF STUDY AND TRAVEL

by
VITTORIO MAZZUCCONI
 


Geometries
 



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.

 


The first experience in Paris
 




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 Lutetia) but 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 ‘English’ projects
 



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 in Denmark.