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Ipostilo delle Polveri

Cherubino Gambardella

A well known figure on the Neapolitan scene, Gambardella casts into question the few remaining certainties most cling to. His irony is grounded in a profound knowledge of the history of architecture - a rare quality in young architects today. His sophisticated 2003 restoration of the Cubo d’Oro erected for the Naples “Overseas Exhibition” of 1939, and a paradoxical depot for inert materials built in the same year in the southern Italian province of Benevento, reveal an ability to step outside well honed stylistic achievements in a wide range of domestic interior architecture settings. The Ipostilo delle Polveri, Gambardella’s enlargement of an anonymous prefabricated office building on the outskirts of Benevento is proof that this new approach fits happily into the Italian scene. Indeed, Italy needs more client/architect ententes of this kind. The brief was to transform a drab,...

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