Construction and place

Gino Valle had a long career, operating in Udine from the early ’50s up to his death in 2003. In it, we can identify a line of continuity that links different interventions in the theme of dialogue between construction and place.

He used specific tectonic strategies for each design theme to establish multiple relationships between the new building, the specific site where it is located, the wider settlement that contains it (city, landscape, industrial campus) and the representative role of the function hosted.

From the dialogue between construction and place emerge buildings that are never mimetic but capable of “marking” the places, re-establishing them with an unequivocally modern trait.

Valle’s work is expressed in specific contextual episodes. (The insertion of the commercial building in via Mercatovecchio into the historic centre and the new landscape of the Monument to the Resistance, both in Udine).

It defines new industrial complexes of the economic boom (Zanussi offices and factories in Porcia and the Fantoni campus in Osoppo) and new settlements in dialogue with the existing city (residential building district at Giudecca, Venice).

  1. Quaglia House in Sutrio (UD), Gino Valle, 1953-54
  2. Zanussi Offices in Porcia (PN), Gino Valle, 1957-61
  3. Fabbrica Grandi Cucine, Zanussi, Porcia (PN), Gino Valle, 1963-64
  4. Commercial Building in via Mercatovecchio, Udine, Gino Valle,  1963-65
  5. Monument to the Resistance, Udine, Gino Valle, 1959-69
  6. Town Hall, Casarsa della Delizia (PN), Gino Valle, 1966-74
  7. INA commercial and residential building, Udine, Gino Valle, 1970-71
  8. Fantoni Offices and Service centre, Osoppo (UD), Gino Valle, 1972-75
  9. Residential building district at Giudecca, Venice, Gino Valle, 1980-86
  10. Olivetti Offices, Ivrea (TO), Gino Valle, 1985-88
  11. Bergamin Portogruaro Offices (VE), Gino Valle, 1988-91
  12. Deutsche Bank, Bicocca, Milan, Gino Valle, 1997-2005
Text by Pietro Valle