After the Second World War, the city of Milan went through a series of tumultuous changes. Economic growth, social changes and rapid modernizations formed a productive ground for architectural experiments.
Housing, furniture and industrial design constituted the main fields of activity of the ar-chitects. The success of the Milanese interiors and designs, especially at an international level, was principally rendered possible by the existence of the Triennale. The debates and exhibitions around the Triennale established an important forum and promoted the renewal of the domestic culture. Each Triennale brought together architects, designers, artists, producers, planners and was accompanied by extensive debates in the popular and specialized press.
The work of Luigi Caccia Dominioni represents this development accurately. Over the last sixty years, he has created an opus, which can be characterized by an enormous hetero-geneity of topics and activity fields. His most productive period falls in the years 1950-1970. Housing projects, renovations and interiors represent the majority of his work. His clientele mainly originates from the Milanese bourgeoisie, whose self-image, as a result of the democratization processes and the economic boom during the 1960es, underwent a radical transformation and who, therefore, sought for a new architectural expression.
The object of this investigation is the domestic work built during the 1950es to the 1970es. The thesis analyzes the architecture of Caccia Dominioni as a result of a dynamic interaction of three factors. These are, firstly, the political and cultural ideals which formed the mentality of the Milanese bourgeoisie, their debates and decisions as clients of artists, architects and designers, secondly, the decisive intellectual currents of the postwar period which were characteristic for the formation and the professional practice of the architects, and thirdly, the personage and creativity of the architect himself.