Introduction by Franco Purini This volume is the most complete, most recent monograph devoted to the work of Henri Ciriani, one of the recognized masters of French architecture since the 1960s. Ciriani’s work came to international attention through the design and construction of the Museum of the Great War at Peronne, the archeological museum in Arles and residential projects in the Netherlands. His role has been of exceptional interest in France, during a historical period marked by Le Corbusier’s death and by massive intervention of the State in the construction of new public and residential space. This monograph by Mauro Galantino, a former student of Ciriani, is a dual endeavor that presents and analyzes over fifty works by the French master and describes his role within French and European architectural culture. For the first time the individual projects are illustrated not only by technical drawings and wide photographic coverage but also by a rich selection of study sketches by Ciriani himself.
Mauro Galantino (1953) in 1980 graduated in Architecture in Florence. From 1988 to 1994 taught at the Faculty of Architecture in Geneva and now he is holding a design course at the EPFL in Lausanne. He also collaborates with several Italian and foreign architectural reviews.