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Tresignana, Italy

Planned town dedicated to agricultural industry

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Ferrara, Italy

Rationalist traces in a Renaissance city

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Carbonia, Italy

From mining town to living landscape museum

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Bertinoro, Italy

Thermal town between rationalism and Roman inspiration

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Castrocaro, Italy

Illusory beauty

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Cesenatico, Italy

Town of holiday camps

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Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria

Between modernism and Stalinist architecture

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Forlì, Italy

Showcase of modernity – a story of contradictions

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Forlimpopoli, Italy

Urban regeneration

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Iași, Romania

Modern and ancient, side by side

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Labin, Croatia

Industrial mining town in transformation

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Predappio, Italy

From pilgrim destination to site of critical reflection

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Raša, Croatia

Between Istrian tradition and modern architecture

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Torviscosa, Italy

Town of autarchy and cellulose

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Ştei, Romania

Witness to a period of totalitarian post-war regimes

Town hall

Rational organisation for a growing spa resort

Castrocaro Terme e Terra del Sole, Italy

Construction of a new town hall

In the mid-1930s, as Castrocaro Terme gained international reputation as a spa resort, the need for a new and functional town hall was felt. The existing 14th century-building in Terra del Sole was no longer adequate. Mussolini decided to ”join“ the two parts of the town (Castrocaro Terme and Terra del Sole) by building a new town hall, just halfway between the two locations on the connecting road.

Affirming the Fascist regime

Pantoli and Bertolotti designed the building, inspired by the town hall of nearby Predappio (Palazzo Varano) and the typical Case del Fascio (buildings of the Fascist party). During the late 1930s, the Case del Fascio could be found even in the smallest villages of the Forlì area, constituting kind of “fortresses” to affirm the Fascist regime. The main façade of the town hall is emphasised through a central staircase leading up to a monumental portico, which supports the inevitable balcony, symbol of Fascist ideology and propaganda.

Rationalist style

Very different from the richly decorated spa complex, the administrative building is devoid of decorative elements, except for the horizontal mouldings at windowsill level and the cornice. This essential architectural form is reflected also in the “rational” organisation of the interior spaces, geometrically constructed around a staircase.




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