“We have a way of designing and making things that comes from thousands of years of history. This idea of inheritance is tied to the tradition, namely the tower. I asked myself: what do we inherit? Ourselves, our cities, the way we live in these cities. One of the most specific typologies of our culture is the tower of the nobles, which becomes civic: an Italian project, because I wanted to work on a very strong feature, part of our identity. The tower is a way to build in blocks, typical of the Latin world, while openings lit with LEDs convey the idea of technology.” Massimo Iosa Ghini
“The monolith, the stone, the tower, ancestral typologies. The continuous surface, the leather has no perimeter, each junction is a cost and a loss … large slabs FMG have few joints.
Man poetic dream, the natural curve that materializes the limit between inside and outside. The complex internal metabolism, light and energy in symbiosis with the solid material, “
Massimo Iosa Ghini. A bond between legacy and modernity, tradition and innovation, an exploration of the theme “contintuity with the exprience of the past”, both as regards technology and development of materials and their production and application. The idea of the installation (carried out for FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti) is to use the primordial monolith, the whole massive block of stone material, that has produced architectures and sculptures from time immemorial, repeated through the use of the large-sized ceramic slab with a finish that draws inspiration from the quarry stone.
It’s a stem-like tower with a structure faced with large ceramic slabs (300×150), laser- cut and finished. The tower rises to a remarkable height, finding new and innovative architectural and structural solutions, that emphasize the sustainability of a material usually bound to tradition in the collective imagination. Its passage to contemporaneity is stressed by the high-tech, curved cut on slabs to reveal the surface treatment in the core of the installation, marked by a special decoration carried out with a Led technology forming a luminous mesh and a changing geometry, which is a symbolical continuity between past, present and future. The inner part glimpsed is carried out with energy-saving LEDs to obtain a motion effect (of a thinking mind). The base features a glass banister lit up with LEDs along its outer edge.
Designer: Massimo Iosa Ghini
Installation: Quattro Punti per una Torre
Partner: FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti
In collaboration with: Iguzzini, Tecnovision, Faraone
Photos: Andrea Martiradonna for Interni Legacy