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Ideas for the future architecture in natural stone

Marco Manfra, Marco Salomoni: „Oltremuro“, composed from elements vaguely reminiscent of crystal.

Italy’s stone branch is currently the world leader in design. Marmomacc, held in September 2014, clearly showed in hall 1 that its companies intend to keep their pole position. But important were not the big works of star architects mainly meant to make it into the media. Much more attention in respect of the future of the branch deserved the inconspicuous project by the University Ferrara.

As was the case last year (see below), young students were given tasks to complete and solve in quarries, on production sites and at the machines themselves: „Lithic Verticality“ was this year’s theme. Some 40 or more aspiring young designers developed new ideas for walls in natural stone.

The core of the project was architecture – room dividers, walls, façades, etc.

Marco Manfra, Marco Salomoni: „Oltremuro“, composed from elements vaguely reminiscent of crystal.

Modular solutions suitable for mass production stood at the center of focus. Students were called on to use modern computer technology in drafting and realizing the prototypes.

The fact that the drafts were vibrantly fresh yet remained realistic was the accomplishment of docents at the Department of Architecture – CDL Industrial Product Design of Ferrara University: Claudio Alessandri, Raffaello Galiotto, Vincenzo Pavan and Gianluca Gimini.

Participants, companies and docents of the project at the University of Ferrara in the 2013/14 academic year.

As can be seen on the photo, all involved were personally committed to the project with heart and soul.

The companies assisting in realization of the projects also deserve acclaim for the success. These were: Consorzio Marmisti Chiampo (CMC), Grassi Pietre, Lithos Design, Pibamarmi, Arredo di Pietra, Altair und Software Evolve.

For lack of space we are able to show but a few of the works.

Università degli Studi di Ferrara

Photos/Renderings: Project

„Lithic Verticality“.Manuel Bernardini, Nadal Loïc: „Exagon“. This multi-faceted element allows assembly of walls and pillars in a multitude of ways.Alessio Fidanzi, Valentina Parmeggiani: „Live Year Leawing“. Seemingly woven walls made of 5 different elements.Elena Fusto, Anna Mastellari: „Wave Kit Wall“. Four basic elements can be assembled in 40 different ways.Paola Gallerani Guidetti, Simona Giacchi: „Rollingstone“. Within the building blocks: rotating elements.Alex Bonaveri, Gianluca Gandolfi: „Opus“. Modern variations on mosaics as once conceived for bath and wellness areas.Jacopo Martinello, Sara Vecchi: „Intreccio“. An L-shaped wall cladding element.Filippo Petrocchi, Paolo Ragazzi: „Pantarei“. A wall suitable for resting dumb bells with adjoining shower.Ilaria Guglielmetti, Diana Zerbetto: „Sfumature“. Tiles in simple and geometric shapes for wall claddings.Aurora Iacono: „Mur Moirè“. Galanty show and moving effects in passing.Laura Camelin, Francesco Visentin: „Blaze“. Back-lit tiles, colored and structured to emulate fire.Elia Biasio, Francesco Mattioli, Luca Squarzoni: „L 9“. Walls capable of changing their width and adapting to a variety of needs.Eli Brandoli, Daniele Fregona: „Ritmo“. Four separate elements can be assembled to airy pillars.

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(14.01.2015, USA: 01.14.2015)