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Fendi Fashion House Relocates to the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome

04:30 - 27 October, 2015
Fendi Fashion House Relocates to the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome, Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the Colosseo Quadrato). Image via Foter
Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the Colosseo Quadrato). Image via Foter

The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (also known as the 'Square Colosseum') is perhaps the most emblematic architectural project realised during Benito Mussolini's Fascist dictatorship, which governed Italy between 1922 and 1943. Now, sixty years later and having never been used, Italian fashion house Fendi and architect Marco Costanzi have—amid controversy—renovated the historically charged building into their headquarters, with office space to accommodate around 450 employees. Having reportedly signed a fifteen year lease with the municipality of Rome, the haute fashion house will be paying around €240,000 ($265,000) in annual rent.

AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni

13:50 - 3 January, 2013
© Guillermo Hevia García
© Guillermo Hevia García

Casa del Fascio which sits in front of Como Cathedral is the work of the Italian Fascist architect Giuseppe Terragni. Built as the headquarters of the local Fascist Party, it was renamed Casa del Popolo after the war and has since served a number of civic agencies, including a Caribinieri station and a tax office.

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