Francesco Beraducci

In 1969 the Italian architect Francesco Beraducci (1924-1992) built a small villa in Via Colli della Farnesina, Rome.

Following some spatial organizational ideas from Le Corbusier, he realized the structure as a concrete and brick construction with embedded pre-cast concrete elements. Leaving the main supporting structure exposed some parts of the facade echoes ideas from Kenzo Tange, Paul Rudolph and Mendes de Rocha.

Where Francesco Berarducci develops his personal type interpretation of the “Villino”¬†and a type of housing with individual apartments in a still quite traditional plan layout, the choice of material – concrete, the exposure of an overarching megastructural element, his use of irregular distributed infill elements for the facade – both closed and open or glazed were for him a shift in his architectural language.

He experimented with the integration of greenery into the architecture, he developed a much more fluid and organic approach in the placement of the building within the site context.

Elevational sketch of the villa in Via Colli della Farnesina.

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July 16, 2020