The ideal city
in village format
The textile factory offers the observer a very long side, in front of which the residential and services part opens, which acts as a backdrop for community life. Here, the workers' houses stand out. Arranged on a sort of chessboard, they are the best known architecture of Crespi d’Adda, reminiscent of the working-class cities of Northern Europe.
Uniform in appearance, they are surrounded by a small garden where it was possible to cultivate the vegetable garden, and separated by fences made with the straps recovered from the raw cotton packaging. The more recent houses are instead the home of the managers. Built on a green area next to the forest, they are positioned more freely to the south-east.
The streets follow an orthogonal order, reminiscent of the typical cardoons and decumans of Roman cities. Useful for dividing the various areas in a logical and functional way, they trace the physiognomy of Crespi d’Adda as an example of an urban rationality of the past.
must go hand in hand
The professionals called to enhance the civil commitment of architecture are Angelo Colla (1837-1891), Ernesto Pirovano (1866-1934), Gaetano Moretti (1860-1938) and Pietro Brunati (1854-1933).