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“Barreca & La Varra. A Matter of Façade”: A Book About Design Production

"Barreca & La Varra. A Matter of Façade" has recently hit the bookstores. The volume tells of the thinking and design production of Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra through the common thread of the “façade” theme identified by the two architects.

With texts by Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra, Ugo Volli, Stefano Bucci, Giovanna Borasi, Joseph Grima, and an interview with Vittorio Gregotti.

The volume, published by Skira, is a review of the architecture designed and created by Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra from 1999 to 2007 with Stefano Boeri, and therefore from 2008 as Studio Barreca & La Varra.

The volume's cover represents the main theme identified by the Milan firm Barreca & La Varra with a detail of building B5, part of the new RCS MediaGroup complex in Milan, which was recently completed (find it here).

Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra present their interest in the building envelope, understood as "a face, an image, the architecture’s mark on the city".

"The façade is a clue to understanding the nature of a building," write the architects. "In this subtle diaphragm they represent design issues such as technique and the symbolic, material and drawing, rules and performance demands, procedures and the unexpected. No other part of the building has the ambiguous experience of being part of the architectural structure and part of the city. The nature of the façade is always public, its vocation by necessity collective."

The volume ends with an "Interview about an Interview", a conversation between Vittorio Gregotti, Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra.

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