The housing built by the Società Cooperativa Edificatrice, the IACP and the Tintoria Pessina in the first half of the 20th century created a de facto working-class neighbourhood to support industrial expansion into the valley of Como. The buildings are arranged in a clearly recognizable urban pattern in the attempt to achieve a balance between the built-up area and spaces of relationship and services. The Sant’Elia Kindergarten by Terragni stands out by its unique vocabulary, but forms a close tie with the neighbourhood by the interpenetration between internal and external spaces.
Significant architectural works
Viganò housing estate, Soc. Coop. Edificatrice, via Viganò/via Leoni, 1903-05, architect Gandino Majsetti.
Trieste housing estate, Soc. Coop. Edificatrice, Via Castellini, 1920-24, engineer Luigi Catelli.
Volta housing estate, Soc. Coop. Edificatrice, Via Alciato, 1927-29, engineer Antonio Giussani.
Pessina housing, via Palestro-via Anzani, 1929-36, engineer Adolfo Dell’Acqua.
A. Diaz housing estate, Coop. Edificatrice tra mutilati, via Viganò, 1930-31, engineer Andrea Longhi, engineer Oscar Ortelli.
Sant’Elia Kindergarten, via Alciato/via dei Mille, 1935-37, architect Giuseppe Terragni.
IACP housing, via Anzani, 1939, architect Alberto Sartoris, architect Giuseppe Terragni.
Magistri Comacini housing estate, Soc. Coop. Edificatrice, via Alciato, 1953-55, architect Silvio Longhi, engineer Gianni Mantero, engineer Luigi Ponci, engineer Luciano Trolli.