Everything is ready in Piazza Faber in Tempio Pausania, the square that the Union of Municipalities of Alta Gallura has named after well-known Italian singer and songwriter Fabrizio De André. The installation, inspired by an idea by Renzo Piano and developed by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners architectural studio, has been completed and is due to be inaugurated at the beginning of the summer of 2016.
For the square in Tempio Pausania, architect Renzo Piano imagined a lightweight spider web that would capture the colours of the light, suspended between the limestone walls of the buildings and the portico of the old market.
Piazza Faber was originally the market square, a space surrounded by historic bare limestone buildings paved with small paving stones and strips of grey granite, accessed via narrow winding lanes.
Architects Massimo Alvisi and Junko Kirimoto worked on the basis of Renzo Piano's ideas, creating a network of steel cables composed of 19 spiral-shaped wires anchored to the granite walls of the eighteenth-century buildings with anchorage bars. The cables and other tie rods form a weave containing 12 fabric triangles. Triangles of different sizes and colours can be wound up on motor-driven rollers permitting 2 configurations: closed sails and open sails, to create shadow zones; in the first version the sails look like coloured pencils, while in the second they become screens onto which images and words can be projected.
Design: Alvisi Kirimoto with Renzo Piano
Location: Tempio Pausania, Italy
Images courtesy of Alvisi Kirimoto