Mollino’s most ambitious work is the Teatro Regio on the Piazza Castello. He built it in the early 1970s to replace the eighteenth-century original, which was destroyed by fire. A sliding bronze gate with futuristic ornament screens off the porte cochere by day, but one should return for an evening performance of opera or dance and enjoy the spectacle of the auditorium with its half dome folded like a fan and recessed scarlet boxes set into each angle. Sharing this piazza is the Palazzo Reale, with gardens by French landscape architect André Le Nôtre, and Guarino Guarini’s church of San Lorenzo, whose dome is a marvel of intricate geometry. Facing San Lorenzo is the Palazzo Madama with its double staircase, a masterwork by Filippo Juvarra, who succeeded Guarini as the favorite court architect.
Opposite page : Casa Mollino, photo by Adam Bartos, courtesy Museo Casa Mollino, Torino
Above: Museo Nazionale
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