The architectural work of Luigi Snozzi, the Swiss architect known for his cultured, essential language.
[Luigi Snozzi. Projects and architecture 1957-1984] The language of Snozzi is the terse, cultured language of Ticinese architecture. Born in Mendrisio in 1932, Snozzi rejects any rhetorical excess, concentrating on the essential.
His first constructions, dating back to the 1960s, are defined as “neorealist” by Kenneth Frampton, author of the essay that retraces the architect’s career. This is followed by the essay by Vittorio Gregotti “Sulle tracce dell’architecture”, in which the radicalism of Snozzi is compared to the rejection of any “stylistic-conciliatory sleight of hand” typical of the method of Alvaro Siza.
Finally, the catalogue of the works from 1957 to 1984, subdivided by the aphorisms of Snozzi himself clearly conveys the careful analysis of urban and landscape phenomena, as well as the dialectic relationship with Kahn and the most important contemporary experiences in international architecture: “The design, more than a tool of transformation, is a tool of knowledge”.