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La Fabrica
E.F., July 8, 2018
Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Library_Sebastiano Scattolin
Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Library_Sebastiano Scattolin
 
But the newly constructed part of the project was made of bare reinforced concrete, like all Ando's work: thus the villa's new entrance hall takes the form of a sort of elliptical encroachment whose sombre, non-mimetic form appears simple and stereometric in comparison with the ancient forms of the villa, with which it does not seek to compete.

Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Library_Sebastiano Scattolin
Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Library_Sebastiano Scattolin
 
The auditorium emerges out of the existing structure thanks to a curved wall and opens onto the patio with a large opening: this space is announced by a sort of Triumphal Way similar to the one Ando created in Armani's old Nestlé factory in Milan. A series of abstract circular columns crosses the space in front of the annexes, mirrored in the broad pools of water which are typical of Ando's work and yet also belong to the tradition of the Venetian villa, in which the villa gardens were often discretely separated from the rest of the park and lands with an artificially created pool of water.

Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Library_Sebastiano Scattolin
Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Library_Sebastiano Scattolin
 
This path leads to the large straight volume at the edges of the area involved in the project: characterised by an alternation of full and empty volumes, it functions as a distribution space, providing direct access to workshops and studios as well as to underground spaces and to the upper terraces, where the colonnade continues. Underground, Fabrica is truly a city in its own right.

Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Library_Sebastiano Scattolin
Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Library_Sebastiano Scattolin
 
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