It was designed and built in the '60s by Carlo Scarpa, one of the most important Italian architectural designs of the twentieth century, to host Gavina's furniture showroom.
Who is Carlo Scarpa
Carlo Scarpa was able to develop projects and interventions in ancient contexts, thanks to his skills in reading the existing architecture.
This feature was seen by his contemporaries as a limit, but by today's critics is seen as a strength: he worked like the great architects of the past and his architecture is therefore against the current movements of his time.
Gavina's shop in Bologna
This shop, on the ground floor of a Bologna house, was previously a hardware store.
Scarpa had to reshape a messy place divided by load-bearing walls and unsuited to the client's display purposes.
The solution designed by Scarpa, using an outside facade with large round windows, became one of the most unique references in the urban scene, increasing, at the same time, violent controversy in the name of conservation and respect of the ancient city.
Today this work is universally recognized as a cornerstone of contemporary Italian architecture.
How to visit Gavina Showroom in Bologna
In September 2020 the shop opened again to exhibit clothes under the name Vintage55.
Try to imagine it as it was, but even with trendy clothes, it's nothing less than amazing.
Dino Gavina's showroom (now Vintage55 clothes shop)
Via Altabella 32, Bologna
Monday to Saturday 10:30 am - 1 pm, 2 pm - 7:30 pm
Carlo Scarpa - Sergio Los - Taschen, 1993