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Italian architect behind world stadiums dies of virus at 92


Agence France-Presse

Rome, Italy  /  Mon, March 16, 2020  /  04:03 pm
Italian architect behind world stadiums dies of virus at 92

Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti pose during the inauguration of the new Grand-theater of Provence (GTP) in Aix-en-Provence, France, on June 29, 2007. (AFP/Boris Horvat)

Vittorio Gregotti, an Italian architect who helped design the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics stadium, died Sunday at the age of 92 after catching the novel coronavirus, Italian media said.

Gregotti died of pneumonia after being hospitalized in Milan having contracted COVID-19, the the Corriere della Sera newspaper and AGI news agency reported.

He also designed the Merassi stadium in Genoa for the 1990s World Cup in Italy, and the Arcimboldi Opera Theatre in Milan, a futuristic structure built to allow the season to continue while the La Scala underwent renovation in 2002-2004.

Other highlights of a career that also saw him build a housing district in Shanghai include the Belem cultural center in Portugal and the Grand Theatre de Provence in France.

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Paying tribute, fellow Italian architect Stefano Boeri called Gregotti a "master of international architecture" who "created the story of our culture".

"What a great sadness," he wrote on Facebook.

Gregotti's wife Mariana Mazza has been hospitalized at the same Milan hospital, Corriere della Sera said, without providing details on why.

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