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Mario Botta illustrates the close relationship that exists between restoration and building.
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Pre-existence helps you, so you don’t start from scratch: there is something which is perhaps obsolete, is void of meaning for a series of reasons, also technical, but there is something that exists, which gives you a more intense
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relationship with history, because you are not alone in commanding: on top of the Generoso, everything that I build, beyond the topos, beyond the geography, beyond territory, is an expressive form of my culture. With restoration, however, there is a
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dialogue: Piermarini at the Scala di Milano was present, Piermarini was an 18th century condition, modeled according to certain criteria, and now I find myself in the position to interpret in the same way, because, there too, it was already a performance hall, it was already a theatre, giving it however a contemporary characteristic. Therefore, restoration is interesting because it establishes a reciprocal giving and having relationship with history, and therefore with an expressive form of a different time, of a different period.
Interviewer’s question: “What is the difference in the approach of an architect towards an existing building compared to a new building to be constructed?”
In this video, Mario Botta illustrates the close relationship that exists between restoration and building, starting from his experience with the restoration of the La Scala Theatre in Milan. In restoration a dialogue is established, i.e., a reciprocal giving and having relationship with history, and therefore with an expressive form of a different time.
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