An imposing six-metre-high, square tower with white and grey marble stripes, a cascade of water and grass on top – this is the installation created by Aldo Cibic for “Architetture per l’acqua”, the exhibition curated by Vincenzo Pavan and hosted in The Italian Stone Theatre, a pavilion dedicated to Italian stone expertise at this year’s Marmomac 2018, which wrapped up just a few days ago.
The exhibition, whose aim is to create a relationship between marble and water in architecture, represents a veritable tribute to this primary element, able to enhance stone materials by emphasising their textural and perceptual aspects.
Aldo Cibic is one of the three architects called upon to develop the concept of the exhibition. Each of them was given the task of designing a tower that, like a real stone landmark, overlooks a stretch of water.
In designing his tower, Cibic had in mind a vital structure, a space linked with man and nature. A grassy mantle covers the top, ivy tumbles from a small window and water pours into the pond from a waterfall, while a teetering sculpture evoking the figure of a man admires the spectacle.
White and grey marble alternates on the surfaces that take on a whole new dynamism.
‘The work represents an aesthetic of vitality, in which architecture is injected with natural elements, and this is what brings it closer to the human dimension. That’s how we thought of our happy tower,’ says Aldo Cibic.
Equipped with a metal frame to support the stone cladding, the towers are 6 m tall and have a square plan of 3×3. Three of the sides were designed by the architects, while the side facing the ground is reserved for descriptive graphics and a video interview with the author.
The project is curated by Cibicworkshop – Aldo Cibic and Chuck Felton.
Vincenzo Latina and A.c.M.e. studio are also participating in the exhibition “Architetture per l’acqua” and they have created the other two towers on display, in collaboration with the firms Grassi Pietre and Nikolaus Bagnara.
All the partners have made their skills and productive know-how available so as to give material form to the experiments of the designers, creating new formal languages with their marbles and stones.