Two Porcheddu’s quakeproof buildings in Messina reconstruction

  • Caterina Mele
  • Paolo Piantanida


The Porcheddu Company of Turin (importer in North Italy of the Hennebique building system)
was charged of 13 projects in Messi-na, after the 1908 quake: the study of the unpublished
material in the Porcheddu archive, hosted at DISEG in the Turin Polytechnic sketches out two
construction sites for quake-proof housings, the economical homes for the “Unione Messinese”
in the Orto Botanico district, with a reinforced concrete frame and the Homes for the State
Employees with pillars made of a prefabricated steel cage and on site poured concrete. The two
different construction systems testify the business and law debate on quake-proof buildings.

How to Cite
MELE, Caterina; PIANTANIDA, Paolo. Two Porcheddu’s quakeproof buildings in Messina reconstruction. Tema: Technology, Engineering, Materials and Architecture, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, p. 70-80, nov. 2018. ISSN 2421-4574. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 apr. 2019. doi:
Construction History and Preservation