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Olivetti Complex | Architectuul


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Concrete, Brutalism

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1969 – 1972



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Olivetti Complex Change this

Tokyo, Japan
by Kenzo Tange Change this
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From the 1940s-1970s, the Italian-based Olivetti Typewriter Company was renowned for its design. It purchased the American Underwood Typewriter Company in 1959, and merged completely to form Olivetti-Underwood in 1963.

The company's offices and showrooms frequently exalted modernist architecture, furniture and its painting collection. Carlo Scarpa designed the Olivetti Showroom in Venice's Piazzo San Marco (1956-1958), Kenzo Tange the Olivetti Technical Centre and Warehouse in Yokoama, Tokyo (1970), and James Stirling the Olivetti Training Centre in Haslemere, Surrey (U.K., 1973).
Olivetti's Paris shop was adorned with Paul Klee's Spettro di guerriero (1930); the Rome shop on Via del Tritone with Renato Guttuso's Boogie-Woogie (1953).

Among the architects employed by Olivetti at the end of the fifties to plan factories and workshops was Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier's project was carried out in two phases between 1961 and 1962 but it was never completed. On the threshold of the seventies, another master of contemporary architecture, Louis I Kahn, worked in collaboration with Olivetti, planning the factory at Harrisburg in Pennsylvania (1967-70).

All these projects represent an interesting cross-fertilization between the technical knowledge of the production and the factory and the architectural culture.


Posted by Guest | Saturday, April 13th, 2013 | 16:37pm
Ci-dessous pour information un site web sur l'œuvre et les archives de l'architecte franco chilien Guillermo Jullian de la Fuente collaborateur de Le Corbusier de 1959 à 1965 et notamment sur le projet Olivetti :


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