Armando Ronca

Architettura del Moderno in Alto Adige 1935–1970

A master of Modernism in Northern Italy rediscovered


Title Information

Edited by Merano Arte, Andreas Kofler, Magdalene Schmidt, Jörg Stabenow

1st edition

, 2017

Text Italian and German


472 pages, 341 color and 122 b/w illustrations

16.5 x 22 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-061-9


This is the first-ever monograph on Verona-born architect Armando Ronca (1901–70), a significant protagonist of Italy’s post-war Modernism. Following his studies in engineering in Genoa, Torino, and Padova he started working as an architect in Trento before he established his own studio in Bolzano in 1935. Ronca soon became a leading proponent of Modernism in architecture in Northern Italy. In 1944, he opened a second studio in Milano, where the 1948 expansion of the San Siro football stadium in collaboration with the structural engineer Feruccio Calzolari was the largest single project of his entire career.

This new book documents Ronca’s life and work, featuring in detail some forty of his designs mainly in the Trentino-Alto Adige and Lombardy regions, richly illustrated with original plans and drawings by Ronca and period photographs. Newly commissioned images by Austrian architecture photographer Werner Feiersinger present all of Ronca’s preserved buildings in their current state. Essays by Andreas Kofler, Massimo Martignoni, Giorgio Mezzalira, Magdalene Schmidt, Luigi Scolari, and Jörg Stabenow, and a complete catalog of Ronca’s built and unrealized projects and interior designs round out the book.

Authors & Editors

Andreas Kofler

Kunst Meran

Massimo Martignoni

Giorgio Mezzalira

Magdalene Schmidt

Luigi Scolari

Jörg Stabenow

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Residential buildings with shops, Bolzano, Viale Druso 47–53, 1935–1937 © Werner Feiersinger

Expansion of stadium San Siro, Milan, Via Scheibler / Via Dessié / Via dei Piccolomini, 1948–1955 © Werner Feiersinger

Saint Pius X church, Bolzano, Via Resia, 1958–1969 © Werner Feiersinger

Building complex with shopping area, cinema, apartments and offices, Merano, Via delle Corse 19–41, 1959–1965 © Werner Feiersinger

Eurotel Merano I and residential building with shops (1956–1960), Merano, Via Garibaldi 1–29, perspective drawing © Werner Feiersinger

Eurotel Gardone (today Residence Villa Alba), Gardone Riviera, Via Vittoriale 15, 1961–1964 © Werner Feiersinger

Building with offices, apartments and shops, Bolzano, Corso Italia 16–20b, 1963–1965 © Werner Feiersinger

Eurotel Merano II – Astoria, Merano Maia Alta, Via Winkel 29, 1963–1965 © Werner Feiersinger


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