The Architecture Puzzler
Created by Dave Guadagni
Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
Architecture Puzzler #309
The designer of the Giovanni Berta Stadium (1930-1932) in Florence, Italy wrote: "I maintain that a good structural organism worked out passionately in detail and in general appearance is essential to good architecture, structural architecture leads to that synthesis of static-aesthetic activity, technical knowledge, and mastery of execution which produced the masterpieces of the past." Who was the designer?
It was Pier Luigi Nervi. The design for the stadium with its capacity of 35,000 was won in a competition and was Nerviís first major work of national consequence.
Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects
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A masterpiece of the past: the Roman Colosseum.
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