Famous Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti passed away in Milan on Sunday. His carreer saw several unique stadiums delivered in four countries.
On Sunday, March 15, Vittorio Gregotti passed away in hospital in Milan. He was among 368 victims of COVID-19 that died on that day alone. His wife Mariana Mazza is still battling the disease.
Gregotti was born in Novara in 1927. He was an architect, urbanist and architecture theorist. Sports venues are among his most remembered works, starting with the Barcelona Olympic Stadium, which was commissioned to Gregotti in 1984. While historical fronts of the old stadium were retained, it was changed entirely inside.
But the most distinctive for Gregotti's style is surely Stadio Luigi Ferraris, delivered for the 1990 World Cup. Here also the facade of the old stadium had to be preserved, but it's hardly noticable today within the strong and minimalist new form.
Simplicity in both style and materials was Gregotti's signature, later encapsulated in two more stadia, in Agadir and Marrakech, Morocco. The latter is a clear evolution of the work delivered in Genoa, albeit in athletics layout.
The smallest stadium delivered by Gregotti is Stade des Costieres in Nîmes, France. Though not universally loved, Gregotti's works present a rare style.