Italy as a role model

Italy as a Role Model

The trip appealed to me at an intrinsic level apart from the extrinsic level. I was amazed at the thought that went behind such beautiful creations. It intrigued me and makes me read about these places even more to quench my curiosity.

My few observations from the tour were-

Respect for the past- I got the opportunity to visit buildings done by well renowned architects like Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano. Their strong gesture to respect the existing architecture and interference with sharp minimalism left me speechless. Their decisions to restore the existing building were in such a way that old and new both are in complete harmony with each other.

Materials- The good part was that all the buildings used a lot of local materials ie. Travertine but at the same time explored new materials not only for aesthetics but also for their functional value. Such an example was the building done by Renzo Piano named Parco Della Musica. I was awestruck by the view of the massive structures and their auditoriums with American- Cherrywood in the panellings. Again, the spaces had an ancient roman ruins in focus.

Ethics- Being an interior designer and furniture enthusiast, it was overwhelming to visit the Riva Museum and to see their various master pieces in variety of finishes. Their contribution to the environment made me realize how we exploit wood forgetting that it is renewable but not an infinite resource.

City in a city- Zaha Hadid’s usual thinking of design in the most uncommon way could be sensed in her projects The Citylife- Hadid residences and Maxxi Museum. Exploring different layouts in each of the home keeping in mind the requirements of individual she used materials also to emphasise the complex volumes. Inviting natural elements to be a part of the space Maxxi Museum was a pure example how the natural light has been used as a major part of the space without the user even realizing.

Never lose hope- Even the most abandoned spaces were the best utilized spaces now and were completely multifunctional like the Le Murate in Florence.

The whole experience left me with a lot of questions. Can a space be really designed for temporary exhibitions? Or as architecture and interiors go hand in hand, is art also required to be in accordance to the space? Does the architecture overpower the artworks at times- Fondazione Prada?  Or can artwork overpower architecture- Armani Silos?

– Sanjana suri