When Preservation Meets a 20th-Century Building with Curtain Wall. The Case of the Torre Galfa in Milan

Davide Del Curto, Chiara Stanga

Abstract


This paper deals with the issue of preserving 1950 and 1960s curtain-walls, by improving their performances according to the current needs. The focus is on the case of modern buildings that have already been recognized as architectural masterpieces but not yet listed. More specifically, the authors ask whether these façades are likely to be kept in use on the basis of a multi-criteria cost-benefit assessment, where the conservation issue is only one of the items to be taken into consideration.

After an overview of the international literature, the paper presents the results obtained by analysing the curtain wall of 1950s tall and unlisted building. Conservation, safety and energy efficiency were assessed by using the same methodology already developed in the preservation of historic windows and employed with success even to the preservation of curtain walls belonging to heritage buildings. 

The results prove how a in-depth analysis is crucial to wisely choose among different strategies, in terms of both sustainability and cost-benefit assessment. Considering the relevance of these kind of interventions within the building construction sector, and the high number of technical and social issues involved, the conclusions underline the opportunity to face this field of investigation in an even more interdisciplinary way.


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Modern architecture; Architectural conservation; Curtain wall; Galfa Tower; Historic windows

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14633/AHR140

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ArcHistoR è una rivista open access e peer reviewed (double blind), di Storia dell’architettura e Restauro, pubblicata dall’Università Mediterraneadi Reggio Calabria. La rivista ha cadenza semestrale. È una rivista di Classe A (ANVUR) per l’Area 08 - Ingegneria civile ed Architettura, settori C1, D1, E1, E2, F1.

Comitato scientifico internazionale

Maria Dolores Antigüedad del Castillo-Olivares (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia de España), Monica Butzek (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz), Jean-François Cabestan (Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne), Alicia Cámara Muñoz (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia de España), David Friedman (Massachussets Institute of Technology), Alexandre Gady (Université Paris-IV-Sorbonne), Jörg Garms (Universität Wien), Miles Glenndinning (Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies, University of Edinburgh), Christopher Johns (Vanderbilt University, Nashville), Mark Wilson Jones (University of Bath), Loughlin Kealy (University College Dublin), Paulo Lourenço (Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho), David Marshall (University of Melbourne), Werner Oechslin (ETH, Zurich, Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, Einsiedeln), José Luis Sancho (Dirección de Conservación de Bienes Histórico-Artísticos, Palacio Real, Madrid), Dmitrij O. Švidkovskij (Moscow Architectural Institute, MARCHI)

Comitato direttivo

Tommaso Manfredi (direttore responsabile), Giuseppina Scamardì (direttore editoriale), Bruno Mussari, Annunziata Maria Oteri, Francesca Passalacqua, Nino Sulfaro

 

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Laboratorio Cross. Storia dell'architettura e restauro

    

      

 ISSN 2384-8898

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