Valerio Paolo Mosco’s book Nuda Architettura, published by Skira, was recently presented to the public.

Valerio Paolo Mosco, Nuda Architettura
Modern architectural projects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe?s Lake Shore Drive Apartments in Chicago, the Philadelphia City Hall Tower plan by Louis Kahn and more recent projects such as Toyo Ito & Associates? Tama University Art Library or the National Gallery of Greenland by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group and the Maribor Gallery by 2A+P/A Andrea Branzi are featured in the new book "Nuda Architettura" by Valerio Paolo Mosco, published by Skyra.

The author views "nudity" as the "salient feature of the Modern in architecture: without nudity, the very notion of modern architecture becomes meaningless."

The concept of "nudity" in architecture is only apparently simple, and can certainly be considered in relation to "modern" buildings which reject all forms of decoration. In this sense nudity becomes an expression of "sincere" construction without any decorations to mask the architectural elements, recalling the image of buildings which are still under construction or are falling into decay, in which the structure was never hidden or has been revealed once again.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Author: Valerio Paolo Mosco
Title: Nuda Architettura
Publisher: Skira editore
Images: courtesy of Skyra


01, Petzinka Pink, North Rhine-Westphalia state offices, 2002-2003 - Berlin, Germany

02, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Lake Shore Drive Apartments under construction, 1948-1951 - Chicago, USA

03, QVE Arquitectos, Ataria Visitor Centre, 2001-2008 - Vitoria, Spain

04, Atelier Oslo AWP, The Lantern, 2008 - Sandnes, Norway

05, Valerio Olgiati, Perm Museum XXI, 2008 - Perm’, Russia

06, Toyo Ito & Associates Tama University Art Library 2004-2007 - Hachio¯ji, Tokyo, Japan

07, OTH, Kraanspoor office building,1997; 2006-2007 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands

08, Christ & Gantenbein, Advanced School of Art and Design 2008 - Basel, Switzerland