Same Same Different

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(1 of 4) Enrico Taglietti. Shot by Lee Grant.

Same Same Different

Hotel Hotel Projects, Talk

 Same Same Different’ was a conversation between two friends – Enrico Taglietti and Gianmatteo Romegialli. Enrico Taglietti andGianmatteo Romegialli are both Italian-born architects who studied at Politecnico in Milan. In 1955, Enrico left Italy for Australia and has been practising in Canberra ever since – a city at that time with an architectural legacy of less than 50 years. Gianmatteo has continued working in Milan – a city with two thousand year old architectural history. This was a conversation about the similarities and differences of being an Italian-born and trained architect working in Australia and an Italian-born and trained architect working in Italy.

(2 of 4) ‘Dingle-House’ in Canberra, Enrico Taglietti, 1965

It was a conversation about freedom and constraints, architectural history, heritage and inheritance, breaking orthodoxies, structure, landscape, context and culture, and the beauty and poetry of the built space. Enrico and Gianmatteo shared three projects comparing each to explore the influence of context.

(3 of 4) Gianmatteo Romegialli ‘Casa delle Guide Alpine Lodge’ in Valmasino Sondrio, Italy, 1996. Photography by Filippo Simonetti.

(4 of 4) Enrico Taglietti ‘Church of St Anthony’s’ in Marsfield, Sydney, 1968.Photography Max Dupain.

Now in his 90s, the great Enrico Taglietti has become Canberra’s most enduring modernist architectural voice. He has built almost 30 public and private projects in and around Canberra and has had a profound influence on the way people in this city live and think about architecture.

Salon Gatherings

The Monster Salon and Dining rooms at Hotel Hotel were a reinterpretation of the suburban family rooms of immigrants in Australia post WWII. It was a domestic place. At once a parlour for receiving guests, for talking art and politics, a living room for lolling around by the fire with friends, a place for listening to music, and a room for sharing meals. At times, we gathered old and new friends here to exchange ideas and we host conversations, poetry readings and performances. Fittingly, we often shared stories about immigration, about how immigration increases the textures and layers of a place’s cultural fabric. These are important stories. Especially in a time when the number of people displaced by conflict is at its highest since the aftermath of WWII.