Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos

Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos create travertine housing in Lombardy

Portuguese Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza and Porto studio COR Arquitectos have revealed a housing scheme almost entirely clad in travertine in Italy.

Built in the city of Gallarate in Lombardy, the development consists of two housing blocks clad in travertine – a type of limestone – that contain 20 apartments in total.

Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Travertine-clad housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos

The development near the city centre stands between two roads, with its main facade on the busy Via Roma and a smaller entrance on the much quieter Via Postporta.

Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos created two four-storey blocks that face each other with a communal walkway between them.

Housing in Gallarate in Lombardy
The large block is shaped like a C

The larger of the two blocks is located away from the main road surrounded by existing buildings and is shaped like C to partially enclose a small area of grass.

On the other side of the site, the smaller block was designed to stand alone from the development like a villa and has a largely plain travertine-clad facade facing the road with numerous windows on its inward facade.

Housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos in Gallarate
The housing's main facade is on Via Roma

Both blocks were built above a two-storey car park, which occupies the entire site and is accessed from Via Roma.

Along two sides of the development, a public pathway has been created as a route between the main road and the city centre.

Housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos in Gallarate
The blocks are built above a car park

Alongside the blocks, the architecture studios have created a series of gardens and spaces enclosed by travertine walls.

The limestone material was also used to create entrance gates and seating within the gardens.

Housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos in Gallarate
Housing entrance on Via Postporta

Portuguese architect Siza won the Pritzker Prize in 1992. In a recent interview with Dezeen, he explained how he created the swooped concrete roof of the pavilion he designed for the 1998 Expo in Lisbon.

Recent projects by the architect include a ceramics pavilion with a thatched roof at the Casa Wabi artist retreat in Mexico and the red sandstone International Design Museum of China.

Photography is by Francesca Ióvene – Fondaco Studio.


Project credits:

Architects: Álvaro Siza & COR arquitectos (Roberto Cremascoli, Edison Okumura, Marta Rodrigues
Supervision: Luca Morganti, Alessandro Bonicalzi
Structural: Alberto Battioni
Post-tensioned floor structure: Piero Perucchini
Static test: Pietro Boerio
Thermomechanics, electrical engineering, acoustics: Gamma Progetti
Safety coordinator: Claudio Grimoldi
Collaborators: Andrea Alberio, Massimo Bassani, Francesco Beia, Alessandro Fontana
Main contractor: Bonicalzi Costruzioni

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Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos
Gallarate housing by Álvaro Siza and COR Arquitectos