1. L'installazione "Pinnacle" progettata dall'architetto newyorkese Daniel Libeskind, nasce dal suo desiderio di celebrare la storia e la tradizione dell'industria ceramica emiliana. La scultura, alta 8 m, situata nel seicentesco Cortile del Priore dell'ex maternità di Bologna, consiste in due facciate dall'effetto "drammatico", rivestite in pannelli di gres porcellanato metallizzato che convergono a formare un portale d'ingresso all'ex complesso ospedaliero, in forma di "pinnacolo".

    Audacemente proiettata verso il cielo, l'installazione fa da contrappunto alla severa orizzontalità delle facciate neoclassiche e allude alla tradizione bolognese di relazionare lo storico al contemporaneo. "Pinnacle", realizzata per il Bologna Water Design 2013, rende omaggio alla radicale verticalità della Bologna medievale, ancora visibile nelle sue celebri torri e nei suoi edifici storici.

    La scultura è il frutto della collaborazione di Daniel Libeskind con Casalgrande Padana. L'architetto newyorkese ha avviato la collaborazione con il cantiere Citylife, scegliendo l'azienda emiliana per i materiali ceramici espressamente studiati e prodotti per l'intervento e applicati secondo specifiche indicazioni costruttive che hanno richiesto la messa a punto di soluzioni tecniche in grado di soddisfare elevate prestazioni di sicurezza.
    I pannelli in gres porcellanato che rivestono l'installazione sono un'anticipazione della collezione che Libeskind sta disegnando per Casalgrande Padana. Il vibrante pattern tridimensionale individua un nuovo linguaggio espressivo per le facciate in ceramica, sfruttando la tecnologia innovativa e sostenibile dell'azienda emiliana. Le lastre sono infatti realizzate in Bios Self Cleaning ceramics®, che consente alle superfici di essere autopulenti e di abbattere l'inquinamento ambientale purificando l'aria. Questo prodotto si riallaccia all'antica tradizione della ceramica italiana non rinunciando ad accogliere le nuove esigenze delle costruzioni del ventunesimo secolo.

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  2. Residential buildings
    FIRST PRIZE
    Las Palmeras House, Lima (PE)

    This project consists of an extremely fascinating architecture of great environmental quality, which consistently fits in with the natural surroundings. Built in unusual layers of volumes, surfaces and materials, the estate experiments with unique solutions that have no precedents in this kind of houses. The geometrical and monochromatic use of ceramics elegantly and accurately emphasises the divisions of the spaces and goes so far as to play a key role in the scenic terrace that frames the horizon on the sea: the seamless stoneware flooring marks the walks, along this spectacular perspective on the seascape.

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  4. Franco Manfredini talks about the ninth edition of Grand Prix Casalgrande Padana, just after the jury selection work.

    The ninth edition of the Grand Prix international architecture competition, promoted and held by Casalgrande Padana, saw the participation of over 250 designers, from all over the world, and top-level projects. The turnout was testimony to the growing popularity and appreciation of ceramic materials in the building sector.

    The jury gathered on 30 November 2012 and, having thoroughly discussed the projects, selected the most noteworthy. Subsequently, it assigned the three prizes for each category as well as the special mentions.

    The submitted projects were examined and assessed by an international jury, chaired by Franco Manfredini, President of Casalgrande Padana and comprised of

    Alfonso Acocella, Architect, Florence (I), Architecture Professor, Ferrara University
    Giuseppe Cappochin, Architect, Padua (I), Appointed by the National Architect Council, Rome
    Biagio Furiozzi, Architect, Florence (I)
    Ferdinando Gottard, Architect, Gorizia (I), Director of "Azero"
    Sebastian Redecke, Architect, Berlin (D), Director of "Bauwelt"
    Matteo Vercelloni, Architect, Milan (I), Journalist, Architecture critic
    Joelle Letessier, Architect, Paris (F), Director of "Archicréé"

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  5. The ninth edition of the Grand Prix international architecture competition, promoted and held by Casalgrande Padana, saw the participation of over 250 designers, from all over the world, and top-level projects. The turnout was testimony to the growing popularity and appreciation of ceramic materials in the building sector.

    The architectural scene emerging clearly in this edition, as well as in the past ones, effectively highlights not only the intrinsic properties of stoneware tiles, but first and foremost their ability to relentlessly evolve in order to cater for different needs and applications in terms of scope, operational techniques and designer’s taste. For over 20 years, Grand Prix has followed product and architectural application development processes closely, confirming its international vocation.

    The submitted projects were examined and assessed by an international jury, chaired by Franco Manfredini, President of Casalgrande Padana and comprised of

    Alfonso Acocella, Architect, Florence (I), Architecture Professor, Ferrara University
    Giuseppe Cappochin, Architect, Padua (I), Appointed by the National Architect Council, Rome
    Biagio Furiozzi, Architect, Florence (I), Head of the Architecture Department, Florence University
    Ferdinando Gottard, Architect, Gorizia (I), Director of “Azero”
    Joelle Letessier, Architect, Paris (F), Director of “Archicréé”
    Sebastian Redecke, Architect, Berlin (D), Director of “Bauwelt”
    Matteo Vercelloni, Architect, Milan (I), Journalist, Architecture critic

    The jury gathered on 30 November 2012 and, having thoroughly discussed the projects, selected the most noteworthy. Subsequently, it assigned the three prizes for each category as well as the special mentions.
    The following works were selected for each different project category:

    SHOPPING AND OFFICE CENTRES (large-size projects)
    Corvino + Multari / Design International - “La Cartiera”, Shopping Centre Pompei, Naples (I);
    C.S.T, architect Graziano Facchini - “Città dei Templi“ Shopping Centre, Agrigento (I);
    Design and Construction Company, architect Nagrebel’nyy Sergey Vladimirovich - Shopping Centre, Yekaterinburg (RUS).

    PUBLIC AND SERVICE BUILDINGS; INDUSTRIAL AND OTHER BUILDINGS
    Bamberg Architecture, architect Thomas Bamberg - Church Sunnenbuhl (D);
    Agencja Projectowa “Architectura” - Airport Jasionka , Rzeszow (PL);
    Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas - School Georges-Frêche, Montpellier (F);
    Kammerl+Kollegen, architect Eik Kammerl - NewMetro Station, Aschaffenburg (D);
    Andrea Mambriani - Cedacri Group Headquarter, Collecchio, Parma (I);
    Strabag Architectural Group, architect Valeria Shubina - “Theological Seminary”, Kolomna (RUS).

    RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
    Artadi Arquitectos, architect Javier Artadi - Las Palmeras House, Lima (PE);
    Alain Demarquette - Private Houses, Merignies (F) - Private Houses, Cambrai (F);
    Louis Phillips Architects and Associates, architect Luis Phillips - Pearl Valley Golf Estate, Paarl (ZA);
    Archengine, architect Justin Quinlan - Small Residences, Griffith (AUS).

    FAÇADE COVERINGS AND OUTDOOR FLOORING
    Studio di Architettura Anselmi & Associati - San Pio da Pietralcina parish complex, Rome (I);
    Silvio D’Ascia Atelier D’Architecture / Ati Sevizi Integrati - “La Porta Del Parco”, Bagnoli, Naples (I);
    5+1 AA Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo - “Ex Metalmetron”, Savona (I);
    Atelier Traldi, architetto Alessandro Traldi - School Complex, Massalengo, Lodi (I).

    SWIMMING POOLS
    Marco Ciarlo e Fabio Fabiano architetti - Swimming Pool, Savona (I);
    3 A, architect Jean Luc Roussel - Swimming Pool, Leffrinckoucke (F);
    S. Area Alain Sarfati Architecture, architect Alain Sarfati - “Centre Aqua-Ludique”, Arras (F).

    The 2010-2012 Grand Prix awards will be given during a dedicated honour ceremony to take place the next spring. We’ll keep you posted on the exact dates. The event has grown to become a customary happening. It will feature a number of outstanding international architectural scene authorities and will also be a special occasion to officially launch the 10th Grand Prix edition.

    For further information, please visit our website http://www.casalgrandepadana.com

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