Fragments of the city

Three generations of Tuscan masters, from the post-World War II period to the early Nineties, faced the urban dimension through architectures read, as Savioli said, as “fragments of the city”.

From the Cassa di Risparmio in Florence in which Michelucci designed an unprecedented internal space towards the exterior, to the skyscraper in Livorno, visual reference for the suburbs. In these years, urban expansion met experimental housing models, such as the district of Sorgane with the buildings “La Nave” and INCIS neighborhood by Ricci and Savioli.

The urban scale is captured by the latter in works of collective interest, such as the Giovanni da Verrazzano bridge in Florence, “an extroverted road projected onto the city”, or the cemetery of Montecatini, a moment of choral meditation, or the new Flower Market in Pescia, in line with the recent research by James Stirling and Renzo Piano.

A true “hidden treasure” is Studio Savioli where, as in the palace in via Piagentina, prefabrication is used to build a space “around humans.”

In the Compagnia Theater built by Adolfo Natalini, the gallery is conceived as an urban road: an interior with an exterior value. Finally, in Novoli, the seven buildings of the University of Florence Social Sciences Department recover the image of a city “palazzo”.


  1. Cassa di Risparmio in Florence, Giovanni Michelucci, 1953-57
  2. Skyscraper in Livorno, Giovanni Michelucci, 1956-66
  3. Church of San Giovanni Battista "dell'Autostrada" in Campi Bisenzio (FI), Giovanni Michelucci, 1960-64
  4. “La Nave” Building in Sorgane, Florence, Leonardo Ricci, 1962-68
  5. INCIS building in Sorgane, Florence, Leonardo Savioli, 1962-68
  6. Building on via Piagentina in Florence, Leonardo Savioli, 1964-67
  7. Cemetery in Montecatini Alto (PT), Leonardo Savioli, 1966-73
  8. Giovanni da Verrazzano Bridge in Florence, Leonardo Savioli, 1967-71
  9. Studio Savioli al Galluzzo in Florence, Leonardo Savioli, 1968-70
  10. New Flower Market, Pescia (PT), Leonardo Savioli, 1970-81
  11. Teatro della Compagnia in Florence, Adolfo Natalini, 1987
  12. University of Florence, Social Sciences Department, Novoli (FI), Adolfo Natalini, 1992-2003
Text by Carolina De Falco