The activity of the Ticinese architect, examined by Masiero through a critical interpretation of his autonomous, coherent works, fully documented by a fine selection of drawings and photographs.
[Livio Vacchini. Constructed works and projects] Since his professional debut in the second half of the 1960s, international critics have paid constant attention to the work of Livio Vacchini (Locarno, 1933). As Roberto Masiero explains in the thorough introduction, Vacchini’s works stand out for their autonomy and originality, not only in the limited context of architecture in Canton Ticino, characterized by a firm, coherent language that nevertheless leaves no doubt regarding the lessons learnt from the great masters of contemporary architecture, from Mies van der Rohe to Le Corbusier to Kahn. As fully illustrated in the book through a fine selection of drawings and photographs, the value of the most important works Vacchini has built lies somehow in the “lack of timeliness” of their coherent approach, necessarily distant from the “lighter” approach often found in the world of contemporary architecture.