Born in 1905 into a family of architects, Gardella graduated in Engineering from the Politecnico University in Milan in 1928 and in Architecture from the IUAV in 1949.
In his university years, he got in touch with young representatives of the Milanese scene and he took active part in the creation of the Italian Modern Movement and its functionalist-rationalist style. Peculiarities of this movement were the conception of the architecture as a volume (space built by thin surfaces in opposition with the sense of fullness and solidity); the regularity as principle of harmony; the taste for materials, technical perfection and proportions.
His long professional activity produced also collateral projects: in 1947 he founded with Luigi Caccia Dominioni and Corrado Corradi Dell’Acqua the Azucena Agency, namely the first italian firm for the production of quality design. Its purpose was the supply of high-end furnitures and the people’s education for the taste of simple elegance. Gardella designed primarily decorative furniture objects.
Throughout the 60s and the 70s, Gardella remained onoe of the top figures of italian architecture. His prolific activity has been nationally and internationally recognized by many publications