RST spends time in both Rome and Los Angeles, very different cities that share traffic problems but, seemingly, little else.
We found another connection. Each city has an iconic, well-known, mid-century, high-modernist, dome-like building that utilizes powerful, dominant exterior supports. Both were constructed at
|Garry Winogrand's famous 1964 photo|
The LA building is known (rather oddly) as the "Theme Building." It sits near the entrance/exit of Los
|Looks like an artists's conception|
|Prosaic during the day|
Its Rome counterpart is the Palazzetto dello Sport, completed in 1958 for the 1960 Rome Olympic games. It isn't quite as fanciful as the Theme Building, except perhaps at night, when interior light flows through the glass windows beneath the dome. But an impressionable (and stoned) foreign student, coming upon the structure suddenly and after dark, might wonder if the Martians had landed.
In this case the lead designer is known: Italian Pier Luigi Nervi. Bill
See earlier posts on the Palazzetto and the 1960 Olympics.
|Compelling at night|