Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fiat Tagliero Building

This former gass station stands in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. Designed by Italian architect Giuseppe Pettazzi, who was obliged by Italian law to put pillars under the 'wings' of his design (Eritrea was an Italian colony at the time -1938), it was constructed with wooden pillars under the concrete wings, but on the day of the unveiling, the architect made the reluctant main builder remove the pillars by bringing him onto one of the wings and putting a gun to his head -so interesting negotiator as well as architect.

(found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kemela/2319345992/sizes/o/in/set-72157604070386556/ )


jade said...

These kinds of shots interest me a lot. I find they have lots of feeling.

rahillia said...


feels like you know more then i do about my country.

call you later for a history lesson.