The Grand Hotel Trento, built from 1939 to 1942 by the engineer Giovanni Lorenzi (1901-1962), is a good example of rationalist architecture inspired by the architect Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953) and represents the historic passage from medieval city to modern times. The architectural composition of the volumes and lines convey the engineer’s experience in futurism; he participated in the first “National Futurist Exhibit” in Rome in 1933, wrote a Manifesto on futurist architecture and published in the “Dinamo futurista”, a journal directed by the artist Fortunato Depero from Rovereto with whom Lorenzi was long associated with.
In the nineties, the building underwent a radical renovation led by architect Glauco Marchegiani, who added another floor. The interiors were also reconfigured to better respond to the new needs of the hotel; nevertheless, the classic fin-de-siècle style was maintained.
Bibliography: “Il Grande Albergo Trento di Giovanni Lorenzi,” Massimo Martignoni and Paola Pettenella. Milan: Electa, 1996.