Palazzo della Civilta Italiana
A stunning portrait of the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome, the iconic building where Fendi relocated its headquarters.
In 2015, the storied fashion house Fendi moved its headquarters into the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome, a stark white cube perforated by symmetrical arches. Originally commissioned as a part of an exhibition on Roman civilization for the 1942 world’s fair, the architects took their cues from ancient history to create a building that used to be quintessentially Roman yet decidedly modern, earning its nickname “the Square Colosseum.”
On account of its striking appearance and iconic status, the palazzo therefore made appearances in various films by directors such as Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini, and Peter Greenaway. The building remained quite abandoned all the way through much of its existence, until its latest inhabitance by the at all times forward-thinking house of Fendi, an experience which Karl Lagerfeld has likened to being “on a spaceship transported into the future.”
Featuring photographs by famous artists such as Gabriele Basilico, Franco Fontana, and Lagerfeld, this gorgeously illustrated volume takes the reader on an enchanting tour through art, architecture, culture, and history.
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