Villa Necchi Campiglio
Constructed between 1932 and 1935 by the Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi, Necchi Campiglio Villa has survived completely intact, both outside with its ample yard, tennis court and pool, and inside with its rich succession of rooms. Architecture, decorative arts, furnishings and collections express as a harmonious whole the high standard of living of the owners, who belonged to the upper middle class of Lombard industrial families. At the same time, the fervor of daily activity is adequately witnessed by the service areas of the house, the pantry, the kitchens and bathrooms, all still graced with their original facilities. 

The home of the Necchi Campiglio is distinctly distinguished from the other homes of the Milanese historic house museum network by its very architectonic nature. It is not a mansion, such as the one in via Manzoni (Poldi Pezzoli) or in via Gesu (Bagatti Valsecchi), nor is it a condominium in an elegant multi-family building, such as the one in via Jan (Boschi Di Stefano), although this latter was designed by the same architect as that responsible for the villa in via Mozart: Piero Portaluppi. Instead, it is a villa in the very heart of the city, a truly independent one-family home, with a garden, tennis court, pool and appurtenances. The style is that of the early 1930s, influenced in part by the emerging rationalist style, which is evoked on the exterior of the building in the rigorous design of lines and surfaces, while the inside is characterized by a lively Art Deco style. In fact, brilliant creative imagination and taste of the 1920s are constant aspects of Portaluppi’s work, as also demonstrated both in the facade of the via Jan building and in the numerous decorative details of the Boschi  Di Stefano condominium. Inside the villa of via Mozart, the ample volumes permit that fluidity of space so desired in 1930s-40s architecture, conferring on the entire architectonic project the additional value of modernity. On the other hand, however, the distinct separation of the floors of the house based on their diverse functions betrays a vision of the home tied to the centuries-old tradition of Italian buildings. In this, of all the other buildings in the historic house museum network affinities are shared above all with the Bagatti Valsecchi mansion, be it for the location of the kitchen and service rooms on the ground floor (in the case of via Mozart, in the semi-basement, or for the placing of the servants’ bedrooms on the highest floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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