Pinnacle is an installation designed by New York-based architect Daniel Libeskind. The 8m-high sculpture, which sits in the 17th-century Courtyard of the Priory in the former Children’s Hospital of Bologna, the region’s capital, consists of two imposing facades made of metalized porcelain ceramic panels. The facades converge to form a pinnacle that serves as a gate to the former hospital complex.
The sculpture is a collaboration with the well-known Italian floor and cladding tile manufacturer Casalgrande Padana, while the joint project began at the CityLife construction site, where the Emilia-based company supplied 50,000 m2 of ceramic material designed and made specifically for this project and applied according to specific constriction principles. The stoneware panels forming the sculpture’s cladding are part of a series Libeskind has designed for Casalgrande Padana. The lively three-dimensional patterns represent an expressive new visual language for glazed stoneware facades that takes advantage of the company’s innovative and sustainable technology: Bios Self Cleaning ceramics, allowing the slabs to be self-cleaning and reduce environmental pollution by purifying the air.
The article was published in the March 2016 issue of SURFACES REPORTER.
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