Competition Fortezza da Basso, National Centre for Arts and Crafts, Florence, Italy (1967)
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  • Alessandro Poli (archive creator)
  • Alessandro Poli (architect)

Competition Fortezza da Basso, National Centre for Arts and Crafts, Florence, Italy (1967)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 11 drawings
Scope and content:
This project series documents Poli's contribution to the competition entry for the restoration of a 16th century fort in Florence, the Fortezza da Bassa and its transformation into a National Centre for Arts and Crafts. This competition design was a Superstudio project led by Adolfo Natalini, reflecting the group's interest at the time in architecture on a "monumental' scale" (Lang and Menking, 2003, 100).
Project material consists of study sketches in coloured pencil and graphite, many with annotations, and a page of typed notes, also with smaller sketches. Poli's sketches and notes seem to focus on designs for the entrance to the fort -- "ingresso alla Fortezza" -- and the movement of spectators into the fort. The typed notes and some sketches suggest the idea of a pinball machine with flippers and multi coloured lights lighting up a path.
Reference number:



Florence Italy

Related units of description:
  • Notes on this project include references to Poli's earlier Piper project (See AP148.S1.1966.PR01).

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