A stone-paved street, Verona, Italy. Boris Podrecca

Boris Podrecca,

Verona, Italy,


Italy affords countless examples of redesign of paving in urban areas, but Boris Podrecca¿s project in Verona a few years ago is a case of exceptional interest and relevance, not so much for the debate that ensued in the city but because of the specific nature of a project that manages to make the urban domestic, that renders apparently obsolete terms such as ornament and decoration inseparable, by blending extremely different methods and ideas, both productive and technical.

A stone-paved street, Verona, Italy. Boris Podrecca Podrecca?s recent project demonstrates a desire to make the road into a sequence of separate spaces and places, as opposed to a conception of the route as unitary and uninterrupted: a succession of squares connected by segments of road, each of which has its own texture and design.

The metaphor of the city as home takes form in the city block conceived as a room, the road as a corridor, where the lengths of a series of oriental carpets inspired by the architect?s multi-ethnic imagination mark the hierarchy of the buildings facing onto the road, or the hierarchy of rooms in the analogy.

Against the irregular background of trachyte type stone laid "on the run", as Podrecca writes in his project report, regular cuts of rosy stone are positioned.
The irregularity of the trachyte serves to absorb the varying widths of the horizontal projection of the facades marked on the road, while the regularity of the rosy stone represents order and rhythm and scans the route.

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