Piero Bottoni Archives

General Information

38/A Via G. Durando - 20158 Milan (Bovisa Durando Campus) - Map
Reading spaces: 4

Services for the public: 02.2399.5827
Fax: 02.2399.5801
Emailapre una finestra per invio e-mailmailto:archivio-bottoni-dastu(at)polimi.it
Scientific Manager: Giancarlo Consonni, Graziella Tonon
Manager: Renzo Riboldazzi
Reference: Oriana Codispoti

Opening Hours

Wednesday and Thursday  9.30 am to 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
Reservations are required.


In order to help users in their research, in addition to the Descriptive Guide (Clup, Milan 1988), the following can be consulted on-line:

  • for books, pamphlets and magazines, the General Catalogue of the Politecnico and the SBN catalogue;
  • for archive materials (drawings, photographs and written documents), the summaries and inventories. In relation to the works of Piero Bottoni - in addition to the volumes of Piero Bottoni. "Opera Completa" (edited by G. Consonni, L. Meneghetti, G. Tonon, Fabbri, Milan 1990) and Piero Bottoni, "Una nuova antichissima bellezza. Scritti editi e inediti 1927-1973" (edited by G. Tonon, Laterza, Rome-Bari 1995)

available on-line:

  • the "Regesto delle opere di Piero Bottoni" that, work by work, provides a complete picture of the archive documentation available;
  • the "Regesto degli scritti editi e inediti di Piero Bottoni".

A reference services is also available by e-mail for those who need assistance in finding specific information.
Requests must be sent to:  apre una finestra per invio e-mailarchivio-bottoni-dastu@polimi.it

The archive offers an on-site consultation service to internal and external users of the Politecnico. It is open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays and closed during the vacation and holiday periods specified in the academic calendar. Given the limited number of seats, reservations are necessary and may be made by telephone. Access to the historical and current library is free, while the consultation of archival documents is subject to prior authorisation obtained by submitting a written request for consultation to the Scientific Manager of the Archives, which specifies the subject and purpose of the research (fill out the request form).

No photocopying service is available for original documents and printed materials, except for microfilms of drawings and photographs related to the works of Piero Bottoni about which the Archives releases a maximum of ten prints in A4 size paper for each search and in any case not exceeding 30% of the drawings or photographs related to each work. These copies shall be issued for study purposes only. In accordance with copyright laws, these materials cannot be used for any other purpose.
Special requests for the photocopying of publications and loans of archival materials for exhibitions or other official cultural events should be directed to the Scientific Manager of the Archive who will assess individual cases.

Archive materials will only be loaned for official national and international exhibitions that offer all scientific guarantees, protection and insurance.

Description of the Library's Archives

With over 90,000 documentary units, the Piero Bottoni Archive has been one of the most important collections of the Politecnico di Milano since it was founded in 1983 by Giancarlo Consonni, Lodovico Meneghetti and Graziella Tonon.
In 1999 the entire collection of documents was officially donated by the Bottoni heirs (by wife Giudi Rossini Bottoni and children Piero, Alessandro and Stella) to the
Politecnico di Milano, which entrusted it to the Department of Architectural Projects.
In addition to extensively documenting the work of Piero Bottoni, a leading figure of the Italian architectural and urban culture of the twentieth century, the Archive collects drawings and original documents of many other architects, such as Le Corbusier and Terragni.
More than 20,000 drawings, about 25,000 photographs, more than 30,000 written documents (published and unpublished essays by Piero Bottoni, documents relating to his business, education and politics, and his correspondence); over 10,000 books, periodicals, rare pamphlets and a rich collection of press releases. The collection also includes films, taped recordings, panels, posters, models, furniture and objects: this is a summary of the materials stored in the archive.
The topics covered are: urban planning and urban design, architecture, architectural restoration, interior architecture, design, art, university teaching and Italian politics after World War II.