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La Fabrica
E.F., July 8, 2018
Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Water view_Attilio Vianello
Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Water view_Attilio Vianello
 
Made up of squares, atriums and galleries, the underground construction is reached by a broad monumental staircase leading to an elliptical piazza with porticos 8 metres below ground level, which intersects with the distribution rectangle. Here too the column motif recurs, creating the evocative effect of a contemporary overlapping of orders which echoes not only Renaissance buildings but also the archaeological space of the theatre and basilica of Vitruvius, or the sacred path to the temple.

Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Library_Sebastiano Scattolin
Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Library_Sebastiano Scattolin
 
The spaces surrounding the underground piazza, visually connected by large planes of glass, lead to a fascinating spiral of vaulted ceilings, which serves as an exhibition space: a sort of upside-down homage to Wright's Guggenheim or, perhaps, Borges' libraries, in a sort of contemporary Valdrada in which any sense of claustrophobia is prevented by light and wind, freely allowed to penetrate through loggias, skylights and window panes.

Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Interior View.
Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Interior View.
 
Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Interior View_Antonia Mulas
Fabrica for Benetton by Tadao Ando_Francesco Radino/Interior View_Antonia Mulas
 
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