A Gio Ponti Architecture Itinerary
在Gio Ponti摯愛的家鄉，我們跟隨著他的腳步，回顧其一生的美學發展史。沐浴在米蘭初春的和煦陽光之下，這幅以Gio Ponti建築作品為主軸的散步地圖就此開展。
Milan is a mesmerizing city renowned for its culture, lifestyle and history. There are at countless reasons to visit but we managed to narrow them down to one: discovering the eclectic creations of Milanese polymath Gio Ponti.
- The Modern Renaissance Man
Gio Ponti is often considered as the father of Italian design, with a prolific, diverse career path that extends over architecture (in 13 countries), industrial design (worked for 120 companies), art (with thousands of drawings), education (lectured in 24 countries) and publishing (produced over 500 issues).
- Decorative Modernism
Gio Ponti’s design language is rational and complex. When the world praised for Modernism’s analytical approach to the function, Ponti, as an advent propagandist, insisted that decoration and modern ideas were not incongruous. He applied his interdisciplinary creativity in sourcing materials and playing with forms, with a conviction that design should satisfy both utilitarian and aesthetic considerations.
- A Journey Linked To His Birth place
Born and raised in Milan, the city is the foundation of Gio Ponti’s lengthy career. Our itinerary aims to retrace Ponti’s design revolution, and to discover his influences on his hometown.
Montedoria Building II Via Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, 25
在熱鬧的米蘭中央車站不遠處， Montedoria大樓靜謐的坐落於巷弄之間，綠如翡翠的陶瓷磚牆映入眼底，猶如小說從未被從未被定義的神秘住居，讓人捨不得移開視線 。 在日落將至的迷幻時刻，Gio Ponti向我們展演了極具前瞻性的另一種空間面向。
You’ll be stunned by the emerald green ceramic tiles. It is tranquil and poetic. It glows under the late afternoon sunlight. Montedoria Building is the evidence that Gio Ponti was the man with a vision that is ahead of his time.
Ponti House via Dezza II Via Vincezo Foppa, 6
繽紛猶如蒙德里安畫作，位於via Dezza的這棟建築是Gio Ponti生前與妻子與四位子女公同生活的最後一處居所。簡練線條與對比色彩相得益彰，自由錯落的色塊蘊含著隨機即興的韻律。
With a colorful façade that resembles a Mondrian Painting, the house on via Dezza is Gio Ponti’s final residence. The vivacity of the building was defined by contrast of color, texture and light. It is balanced and experimental at the same time.
Pirelli Tower II Via Fabio Filzi, 22
倍耐力摩天大樓是Gio Ponti最具代表性的作品，這棟建築為米蘭當代設計發展史留下讓人難以忽視的驚嘆號，也是這座城市在戰後重生的象徵。由上至下俯瞰時能清楚看見的多邊形結構讓人聯想到Gio Ponti曾說過的名言：“建築純粹如結晶。”
As Ponti’s most renowned achievement, the Pirelli Tower is the landmark of Milan and a symbol of its post-war reconstruction. The polygonal, enlongated diamond shape (if viewed from above) structure echoes Ponti’s famous quote: “Architecture is crystal.”
Montecatini Building II Via della Moscova, 12
As an experimenter with new materials, Gio Ponti incorporated the use of aluminium and Apuan marble for Montecatini building in 1936. The geometrical details on the façade, the contrast betwal metal and mineral are something more than intriguing.
Torre Branca II Viale Luigi Camoens, 2
由Gio Ponti建造的Torre Branca (布蘭卡塔) 位於米蘭著名的森皮奧內公園，這座灰白色的高塔原先是第五屆米蘭三年展的其中一項展品。在晴朗的日子搭乘電梯至頂端平台能遠眺阿爾卑斯山，整座城市的風景盡收眼底。
Located inside of Parco Sempione, Milan’s main city park, the extraordinary tower was constructed for the Milan Triennale. The lift take you up and offer you a panoramic, spectacular view overlooking the entire city.
San Francesco d’Assisi al Fopponino Church II Via Paolo Giovio, 41
發想自紙張的切割工藝， San Francesco d’Assisi al Fopponino教堂打破了人們對於信仰中心的既定印象。極為大膽的穿透式格窗塑造了隨著時間而遞變的光影交疊，也刻畫著 Gio Ponti對於形式與幾何的精準應用。
The unconventional cathedral was inspired by paper cut-outs. The asymmetrical, perforated details create interesting pattern of light and shadows.
Palazzo Borletti II Via San Vittore, 42
Palazzo Borletti是Gio Ponti同時醉心於現代主義與裝飾主義的代表性指標，鮮黃色的外牆格外顯眼，幾何造型窗台與門廊的裝飾細節都值得細細玩味。
It is the proof of Ponti’s equal love for modernism and ornamentation. The vivid color and whimsically incorporated geometrical details are great sophistication.