The Istituto di Scienze Militari Aeronautiche in Florence, designed and realized by Raffaello Fagnoni in 1938, is one of the most interesting examples of Italian Rationalist architecture. Florence, far from the centers of architectural debate, is paradoxically where some of the most significant Rationalist structures are located. Among them is the Scuola di Applicazione Aeronautica delle Cascine, today called the Istituto di Scienze Militari Aeronautiche, which keeps intact the beauty and elegance of the original project. From the outer architecture to details of the furnishings within, all elements work to create a homogeneous and balanced atmosphere which Fagnoni, even within the narrow space of nine months between planning and construction, was able to create with great talent. The book starts with an explanation of the relationship between architecture and aeronautics during Fascism, then focuses its attention on Raffaello Fagnoni, his training and the creation of the Scuola di Applicazione per l’Aeronautica. The author develops her discourse based on four main areas: urban and architectural installation, planning and construction, the interior and furnishings, and finally the utilitarian layout of the building.
Illustrated with numerous pictures, both present and past, the book also includes a biography of Fagnoni, an appendix with transcriptions of relevant documents from 1936 to 1966 and an extensive bibliography.
Translation by Connie Perkins
Photos by Arrigo Coppitz PDF format