Home and School

The 12th Triennale was recognised by the BIE on 5 May 1959 and took place between July and November 1960 under the theme “Home and School.” The theme was addressed through three different situations: the urban centre, the suburbs, and the rural centre.

In terms of architecture, the 12th edition of the Triennale was notable for the design of the Entrance Hall by Ettore Sottsass and the Main Hall by Peressutti and Rogers. Additionally, the British and American contributions featured experimental constructions in Parco Sempione, including an elementary school designed by W. D. Lacey.

The architectural exhibition was organised into monographic sections devoted to members of the first generation of modern Italian architects, including Albini, Figini and Pollini, Lingeri, Michelucci, Mollino, Quaroni, Ridolfi and Scarpa. Protagonists of the next generation, such as Vittorio Gregotti and Aldo Rossi, contributed to the thematic sections.

In addition to its experimental construction in the park, the United States created a commemorative show on Frank Lloyd Wright, who had died the previous year. The show was inspired by Bruno Zevi and designed by Carlo Scarpa, both of whom promoted a peculiarly Italian interpretation of the work of the American architect.