La Piazza del Vento becomes new public landmark in Genoa

by on Nov 17, 2017 in Architecture , Top Story
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on Sina WeiboShare on Tencent WeiboEmail this to someone
Photo: Studio Borlenghi

Photo: Studio Borlenghi

La Piazza del Vento, a temporary installation in Genoa inspired by architect Renzo Piano, turns into a permanent artwork in the Italian city

La Piazza del Vento (The Piazza of Wind) is a site-specific installation on the waterfront of Genoa designed by Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi, founders of architectural firm OBR, specifically for the 57th Genoa International Boat Show of Genoa.

Photo: Studio Borlenghi

Photo: Studio Borlenghi

The temporary project, born out of the imagination of Renzo Piano, is conceived to establish the relationship between the sea and the city, and a link between the city and the boat show.

The installation donated to Genoa and now a permanent urban landmark at the harbour, consists of 57 masts in red cedar wood and white steel, 12 meters tall and bound together with textile shrouds with dacron jibs bent in. On top of each mast a windex is placed, sewn with the colourful fabric of spinnakers to form the shape of a "flame" indicating the direction and the intensity of the wind. To enhance interaction with the people in this public space, the architects have added several double-seat swings between the masts.

Photo: Studio Borlenghi

Photo: Studio Borlenghi

Architects Margherita Del Grosso and Matteo Orlandi have also created "Melodie Mediterranee" (Mediterranean Melodies), an installation within the installation, with musician Roberto Pugliese. It consists of 19 brass rods of different lengths suspended between the masts that create a  "sound field" activated by the action of the wind.

Photo: Studio Borlenghi

Photo: Studio Borlenghi

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

  • Design Destination Singapore

    Lah lah land

    Design destination Singapore: the city-state’s innovative architecture reveals surprises at every turn

    Posted on Apr 24, 2019
  • Vessel by Heatherwick Studio


    At the heart of Hudson Yards, Thomas Heatherwick’s much-anticipated 45-metre-high Vessel opens to the public

    Posted on Apr 18, 2019
  • Kiruna City Hall, The Crystal by Henning Larsen

    Jewel in the crown

    Copenhagen’s Henning Larsen unveils the Crystal, a sparkling city hall for the northern Swedish mining town of Kiruna

    Posted on Apr 16, 2019
  • Snøhetta completes Europe's first underwater restaurant in Norway


    Inside Europe's first underwater restaurant located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline

    Posted on Apr 3, 2019