Roma, 1881-1960

The son of a prestigious architect and a student at the Istituto Superiore di Belle Arti in Rome, Piacentini debuts with a neo-renaissance style and wins the competition for the urban planning of the Bergamo centre (1907-1927). After a few works influenced by the Viennese Secession (Cinema Corso, Rome 1915) starting in the 1920s, he becomes the major interpreter of the monumentalism of the Fascist regime, covering several institutional roles at the forefront.


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— Palazzo di Giustizia, Milano, 1933
Piacentini also designed two handles, Iustitia and Libertas, which are still in use in the halls of this impressive building. These two are considered to be among the earliest “classic” Olivari styles.
— Libertas, Olivari, fuori produzione
— Iustitia, Olivari, fuori produzione
— Città Universitaria, Roma 1932

His creations are quite numerous in all major Italian cities, characterized by a severe style and features of Metaphysical Art:

His major works are the Palace of Justice in Milan (1932-1940), the University City in Rome (1932), and the EUR neighborhood, which was supposed to the site for 1942 Universal Exposition in Rome.