Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti dies of Coronavirus

Vittorio Gregotti

Vittorio Gregotti died of pneumonia after being hospitalised in Milan having contracted COVID-19. His wife, Mariana Mazza, is also undergoing treatment at the same Milan hospital.

Born in Novara on 10 August 1927 he was an architect, urban planner and Italian architecture theorist, he began his career collaborating with the historic magazine Casabella, directed by Ernesto Nathan Rogers and of which he will in turn become director from 1982 until 1996.

In 1984 he was commissioned to renovate the Barcelona Olympic Stadium, to which the Olympics were awarded in 1989 in the Catalan city held in 1992 and is still the most impressive structure inside the Olympic Ring, on the Montjuic hill. The stadium was gutted and new stands were built, keeping only the facade of the old system.

The new Olympic Stadium was inaugurated in 1989 with the Athletics World Cup, a real test for the Olympics. He renovated two other stadiums, one in Agadir in Morocco, designed in the late 90s, the other the Luigi Ferraris of Genoa, already existing but completely rebuilt for the World Cup for Italy in 1990.

Also noteworthy are the projects for Bicocca in Milan from 1985 to 2005 with the construction of residential neighborhoods, buildings for the University and the Arciboldi Theater built in 1997.

During his long career he also created the opera house of Aix-en-Provence in France in 2003 and the Belém Cultural Center in Lisbon in 1988 together with Manuel Salgado.

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