I went to “Il Girasole”, the Sunflower, by Luigi Moretti this weekend in Parioli as subject for a formal analysis paper due this Friday. This building is mentioned in critical works by Robert Venturi and Peter Eisenman as a work of proto-postmodernism, anticipating trends in the separation of facade from volume, traditional elements deployed non-traditionally, etc. The plan, which I’ve drawn above, is mesmerizing in its ambiguity. Deep open spaces receive sunlight, structure separates from skin and the building achieves an unsettling anonymity in context. I’ll post the final paper this weekend.