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Laminam presents World Atlas Book at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale Di Venezia

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13 Jun 2016

LAMINAM, specialist in the production of large-size ceramic slabs with minimum thickness for exteriors and interiors, proves its strong bond with the world of Architecture by taking part, as a Supporter, in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, chosen for the affinity to the theme developed by its Curator Alejandro Aravena.

Laminam_Calce Tortora_Anupama Kundoo's installation @Arsenale _Tables
Laminam_Calce Tortora_Anupama Kundoo's installation @Arsenale _Tables

On this occasion the company presents the editorial project World Atlas Book, a limited edition architecture volume containing the most exciting images of LAMINAM references around the world, as a journey to discover cultures and artistic spirits. For over a year photographer Andrea Garuti travelled the five continents to create a photo feature combining architecture, reality and travel report, gently immortalising real-life scenes with powerful chromatic shades and tiptoeing along the path of respect for other peoples and cultures, expressing through images and life stories the conquering spirit and the journey towards new horizons, typical of architectural innovation and essence of LAMINAM’s activity.

Its brief history has not hindered LAMINAM from accumulating an impressive series of international references and the company has participated in the execution of important architectonic projects: innovation, cutting-edge technology and creative personality make LAMINAM’s heart beat all over the world, with its public and private buildings from the centre of Tokyo to the Chamber of Deputies in Mexico, from the School of Moscow to Fluxmans Building in South Africa, from Panmure Station in New Zealand to Bloor East in Toronto.

The book is unveiled during the round table “The Planet on the Surface” promoted by LAMINAM on May 26 at 4 pm in the Biennale’s Library, in the historic Central Pavillon at the Giardini venue. The event is an invitation to ideally fly over the world and glide on materials and methods, boundaries and creative utopias. The author and film director Raffaello Fusaro introduces and moderates some influential voices from the world of contemporary architecture that will debate on the theme, such as the architects Gianluca Peluffo, 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo (Genova-Milan, Italy), Anupama Kundoo, Anupama Kundoo Architects (Auroville, India / Madrid, Spain) Zhang Ke, ZAO / Standardarchitecture (Beijing, China) e Humberto Campana, Estudio Campana (São Paulo, Brasil), with the special presence of Prof. Giuliana Bruno, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University (USA).

The participation of LAMINAM at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia also takes a concrete form by supplying Calce Tortora slabs for Indian architect Anupama Kundoo’s "Building Knowlegde: An inventory of strategies" at the Arsenale. This installation investigates the processing of knowledge behind the act of building discussing the dualities to be integrated rather than battled with. LAMINAM surfaces create the physical landscape displaying the inventory of her most innovative projects: on one hand, 40 plinths covered with 3+mm thick slabs show the 'fruits' of the investigations (as 1:50 sectional models) and on the other, 6 tables with 12mm thick tops display the 'roots' of research and experimentation (the 1:5 scale tectonic models alongside actual material samples that distinguish the architectural vocabulary of the designer). The central piece is a full-scale construction of an affordable ferrocement housing unit. To enter the 'Full Fill Home', that demonstrates her current architectural work in process, three steps have been covered with 3+mm thick slabs, the same used for the 4 benches at the service of the visitors.

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