60s brutalism

Cité Curial-Michelet Housing Complex, Paris, France.

(Arch. André Coquet, 1966-69)

Photo by Carlos Traspaderne with Hasselblad 500 C/M & Ilford film.

Alberto Ponis

Italian architect Alberto Ponis worked in London with Erno Goldfinger and Denys Lasdun in the early 60s, under the influence of modernism and new brutalism then dominant in British architecture (he assisted Lasdun on the building of the Royal National Theatre). 

When he came back to Italy, he concentrated his work in the rocky coastal landscape of northern Sardinia, where he has lived and worked since 1964. With a career of over 50 years, he built 300 buildings there, many of them summer homes, recognised as a major body of work.

Each house is deeply rooted in its environment and connected with the land by the “sentiero”, the path leading to and from it. His simple and sensitive designs are inconceivable without the Sardinian landscape, merging naturally with nature, overlooking the sea.

Cité Curial-Michelet Housing Complex, Paris, France.

(Arch. André Coquet, 1966-69)

Photo by Carlos Traspaderne with Hasselblad 500 C/M & Kodak film.

Colón Tower, Barcelona, Spain.

(Arch. Josep Anglada, Daniel Gelabert & Josep Ribas, 1965-71)

Photo by Carlos Traspaderne with Hasselblad 500 C/M & Ilford film.

Les Choux, Créteil, Paris, France.

(Arch. Gérard Grandval, 1969-74)

Photo by Carlos Traspaderne with Hasselblad 500 C/M & Ilford film.

Charles de Gaulle Airport, Roissy-en-France, Paris, France.

(Arch. Paul Andreu, 1967-74)

Photo by Carlos Traspaderne with Hasselblad 500 C/M & Ilford film.