Monday, October 11, 2010

Palazzo del Portuale

Palazzo del Portuale, LivornoThe “Palazzo del Portuale” (Dockworker's Building) was born as the headquarters of the local dockworkers association, now a group of several port-related companies (Gruppo CPL).Palazzo del Portuale, LivornoIt was built in the late 1950s by the architect Giovanni Salghetti Drioli where once was the ancient church of “Sant'Antonio”, torn down after the heavy damages suffered in the last war.Palazzo del Portuale, LivornoThe brick cladding of the building matches the nearby “Fortezza Vecchia”. A wide covered terrace faces the “Ampolletta” bastion.

12 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

These are great pictures VP. I like the three different views of the building.

Jacob said...

You sure did a nice job showing off the various facets of the building and the area. It's a nice building if not too exciting.

I wonder if that site used to be a church if it is still considered "sacred" ground, or do the prelates "unsacred" dirt they no longer use?

;-)

Thank you, Trillian! Loved your comments today. And yes, people are living in the house on the prairie...

ρομπερτ said...

Impressive a sight indeed ! One can only hope that the nowaday companies take as much care of the workers as its first owners.

Please have a good new week.


daily athens

cieldequimper said...

Well, it's quite nice architecture for the 50s. Do your dockers strike as often as the French do? :-)

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting building--it seems to fit right in. I like the corner windows--Like the prow of a boat. MB

Steffe said...

Not the prettiest building in town, but some good photos of said building it is.

Cezar and Léia said...

It's a huge and historic building!I love that second picture!
Léia

Kaori said...

What a big building! I like the window alignment :-)

JM said...

Very clever architecture. Being close to very old buildings, this one doesn't seem to be out of place.

Dina said...

It sits well (or: is well-anchored) in its surroundings. Thanks for showing the big picture.

joo said...

Interesting architecture. I must say I like the brick walls.

Francisca said...

This is a good solid dockworkers' building, I like brick, it is unpretentious and yet the design is appealing. I too like the variations of the angles in your photos. The anchor makes an appropriate "sculpture"...