Part of


  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (architect)



Dates of creation


Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 2777 digital files (114 GB)
  • 657 drawings (including 427 reprographic copies)
  • 1199 photographic materials
  • 0.04 l.m. of textual records
  • 4 moving images
  • 2 models

Scope and Content

The series documents Pettena’s artistic, architectural and design projects from 1966 to 2018. It includes material related to his performances, installations, furniture designs, architectural projects, films he produced, and series of photographic projects. The series includes projects created during Pettena’s residencies in the United States, such as “Vestirsi Di Siede [Wearable Chairs]” (1971), “Ice House I” (1971) and “Ice House II” (1972), and “Tumbleweeds Catcher” (1972). The series also contains material showing Pettena’s growing interest in the preservation and conservation of historical buildings with projects like the new Town Hall of Canazei (1990-1997) and the preservation and conversion of the Forte Inglese in Portoferraio (1992). The presence of nature in architecture and it’s influence on the architect’s work, a recurring theme in Pettena’s work, is also documented in this series with projects such as his proposal “Grass architecture” for the Trigon competition in 1971, the photographic series “Case Conquistate Dal Verde” (1985), and the installation “Architecture forgiven by nature” (2017).

The series contains sketches, renderings, and plans, either originals or reprographic copies, and photographs for installation projects and his furniture designs. It also contains drawings, notes, storyboards, and photographs of the performances. There are also films, in digital formats, and film stills for short movie projects produced by Pettena. Also included, are two models: a small wooden model for ”Rumble” sofa” (1967) and a model of for “Archipensierio” (2001-2018) installation of 2001. Finally, the series contains, sketches, floor plans, site plans, sections and elevations, reference drawings and photographs, proposals, and cost estimates for architectural projects such as the Canazei Town Hall (1990-1997), Fort Inglese conversion (1992), and for Pettena’s residence on Elba (1972-2012).

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Materials in this series are arranged in chronological order by the project’s start year.

Language of material

Italian, English


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