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Lo Scalone

Lo Scalone

Michele De Lucchi
Cortile d’Onore e Loggiato Ovest
Data Pubblicazione: 27 March 2017

A wooden staircase that connects the Cortile d’Onore to the Loggiato Ovest brings out the extraordinary proportions of the cloister of Ca’ Granda.

The functional concreteness and materic presence of wood are juxtaposed with the immateriality of the classical rules of architecture that attempt to define, through mathematical and geometric formulae, the universal concepts of harmony and beauty.

The magnificent courtyard, however, lacks an equally grand staircase. With Lo Scalone, produced for Ferragamo Parfums with construction by Moretti Costruzioni using salvaged wood to be recycled in upcoming works, Michele De Lucchi inserts an imposing structure suitable for the proportions of the place.

The staircase, which includes a balcony-stage and also functions as stands for seating, becomes a space of socializing and reflection. An open piazza: a symbolic place of Italian culture and lifestyle.

Precisely the lifestyle that talented young photographers have captured in the images for the international contest Scent of Life Talent Awards, promoted by Ferragamo Parfums for the launch of the new fragrance Uomo Salvatore Ferragamo; the ten finalist shots are on display in the Loggiato Ovest (seating by Riva 1920; lightboxes by Ecorime).

Partner: Ferragamo Parfums
Produced by Moretti Costruzioni con Ecorime, Riva 1920, GT Design

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Augmented Surface

Augmented Surface

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel
Cortile della Farmacia
Data Pubblicazione: 27 March 2017

A minimum gesture, but on a large scale, brings out the extraordinary quality of the Renaissance proportions of the courtyard and gives the space an imaginative dimension. Augmented Surface by the studio Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel presents the porcelain stoneware of Marazzi, a product with an innovative surface treatment prepared for the occasion.

Through a theatrical device of mirrored wings, the courtyard seems to be doubled to form two settings, though half of it has not been altered. This optical illusion constructs a perfectly symmetrical architectural interior decorated by the visual and chromatic richness of the stoneware sheets placed on the wall of the portico and on the ground.

Augmented Surface is composed of mirror panels with a height of six meters and stoneware sheets, with a source of lighting from below. The stoneware, in the 150x75cm format, has been printed sheet by sheet to obtain the final image, like a large mosaic. Besides the research to achieve the desired surface effects, the challenge for the architects and Marazzi was to produce hundreds of different sheets starting with hundreds of print files.

Augmented Surface celebrates the material essence and performance of porcelain stoneware, which is easy to manipulate, for creative surface finishes, with qualities no other engineered material is able to reproduce.

Produced by Marazzi

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