It’s a landmark on the road, a gate to the future, a diamond that sparkles from all sides, like the host territory, Emilia.” With these words the architect Daniel Libeskind, an outstanding figure on the international scene, presented his ‘urban sculpture’ in October: a spectacular tower 25 meters high, a contemporary monument in the territory of the ceramics district.

Commissioned by Casalgrande Padana, a leader in the production of evolved ceramic materials for architecture and design, The Crown is conceived as a ventilated facade anchored to a steel structure, completely clad in ‘Fractile’ parts from the new collection of porcelain stoneware sheets featuring a fractal relief motif, which the visionary American architect has designed for the Emilia-based company.

The installation is in visual continuity with another landmark, the Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma: both “bring beauty”, as Libeskind explains, to the community and the territorial context surrounding the production site of Casalgrande Padana.

Text by Laura Ragazzola