Pier Luigi Nervi vaulted architecture

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Pier Luigi Nervi vaulted architecture

Towards new structures

Pasqualino Solomita
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LIBRO 15x21 256 Italiano 2015 978-88-6923-013-4

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This essay delves into the themes connected with a structural type that runs throughout the career of Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979): vaulted architecture. Domes, vaults and geodesic roofs constitute the optimal system with which Nervi pursued his personal investigation, with the goal of covering larger spans with thinner materials. For Nervi, these roofing systems represent the highest architectural expression, since they are the perfect synthesis between static functions and economic requirements. The research investigates the attempts at renewal which starting in the 1960s prompt Pier Luigi Nervi to experiment with the application of new materials like aluminium, to totally or partially replace the construction system in ferrocemento found in most of his works, which led to their success. The approach to materials extraneous to the constructive tradition of the Nervi studio brings out unprecedented aspects that shed light on critical nodes that converge towards true anomalies, with respect to the intellectual rigor with which Nervi usually came to grips with every project theme. An extract of this work of research won the Bruno Zevi Award in 2013 for an historical-critical essay on architecture.

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