Omaggio a Gio Ponti

BRH+ is proud to present a preview of its contribution to the permanent installation Omaggio a Gio Ponti – 5 Italian architects furnish the window of the Auditorium of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Stockholm which will officially open on February 5, 2019 at the wonderful building of the Swedish capital to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

A micro Architecture designed ad hoc to furnish a fragment of space in the Auditorium window, to be inhabited by imagination and visited by memory.

An object designed by our love for the genius of Ponti and for his visionary creative extroversion. A collection of intentions condensed into a small-scale artifact: letting the light seep out, letting the gaze filter through.

A device to organize vision through matter.

An irrational-rational construction: because – as Ponti wrote – Architecture is a “precise fantasy” that itself reveals the “fantasy of precision”.

Our Architecture is a symbolic miniature, a material presence that records Ponti’s passion for the lightness of the built and pays tribute to his love for some “raw materials” – marble and brass. It is also a thought dedicated to the breach, to the slit, to the window that it’s “a transparency”, “it’s a view, it’s life”. It is, lastly, a gesture that memorizes the desire to include a small “kaleidoscope of windows” in a “finestra arredata” (furnished window).

Our Architecture is composed of a “root” and a “frond”, a basement and an elevation, which are completed in a without junctions, achieved simply by placing one on the other, by gravity.

A marble basement.
Six slabs in Candoglia marble: six pink stone portions differently worked on the surface, laid according to parallel and perpendicular positions. The hypothesis of a weightless ground attack, a rational installation that sprouts into an abstraction.

A brass elevation.
Two vertically-developed brass plates: a sequence of holes is cut out on each of the two, a constellation of openings that assumes the value of a synthetic atlas-abacus of some of the most intriguing and vertiginous geometric inventions of that sensitive communication device that it is Ponti’s window. In the metal sheet, the openings are “classified” into homogeneous groups referring to the same project, creating a dialogue between them, organizing themselves into new conjugations useful for creating an imaginary, ideal façade.

 

Note
The “kaleidoscope of windows” of our Architecture includes cut-outs of empty surfaces freely taken from ten Ponti’s projects.

La Concattedrale di Taranto
Theran’s Nemazee villa
The Montedoria building in Milan
The church of San Francesco d’Assisi at Fopponino in Milan
The church of San Carlo Borromeo in Milan
The Ponti house in via Dezza in Milan
The Department Stores of Eindhoven
The Planchart villa of Caracas
The Italian Institute of Culture in Stockholm

 

BRH+ / “Architettura Ponti”
Matt brass processed by chemical etching.
Candoglia marble worked on the surface
Approx. 40 x 12 x 80 cm
© BRH+ / 2018

BRH+ is proud to present a preview of its contribution to the permanent installation Omaggio a Gio Ponti – 5 Italian architects furnish the window of the Auditorium of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Stockholm which will officially open on February 5, 2019 at the wonderful building of the Swedish capital to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

A micro Architecture designed ad hoc to furnish a fragment of space in the Auditorium window, to be inhabited by imagination and visited by memory.

An object designed by our love for the genius of Ponti and for his visionary creative extroversion. A collection of intentions condensed into a small-scale artifact: letting the light seep out, letting the gaze filter through.

A device to organize vision through matter.

An irrational-rational construction: because – as Ponti wrote – Architecture is a “precise fantasy” that itself reveals the “fantasy of precision”.

Our Architecture is a symbolic miniature, a material presence that records Ponti’s passion for the lightness of the built and pays tribute to his love for some “raw materials” – marble and brass. It is also a thought dedicated to the breach, to the slit, to the window that it’s “a transparency”, “it’s a view, it’s life”. It is, lastly, a gesture that memorizes the desire to include a small “kaleidoscope of windows” in a “finestra arredata” (furnished window).

Our Architecture is composed of a “root” and a “frond”, a basement and an elevation, which are completed in a without junctions, achieved simply by placing one on the other, by gravity.

A marble basement.
Six slabs in Candoglia marble: six pink stone portions differently worked on the surface, laid according to parallel and perpendicular positions. The hypothesis of a weightless ground attack, a rational installation that sprouts into an abstraction.

A brass elevation.
Two vertically-developed brass plates: a sequence of holes is cut out on each of the two, a constellation of openings that assumes the value of a synthetic atlas-abacus of some of the most intriguing and vertiginous geometric inventions of that sensitive communication device that it is Ponti’s window. In the metal sheet, the openings are “classified” into homogeneous groups referring to the same project, creating a dialogue between them, organizing themselves into new conjugations useful for creating an imaginary, ideal façade.

 

Note
The “kaleidoscope of windows” of our Architecture includes cut-outs of empty surfaces freely taken from ten Ponti’s projects.

La Concattedrale di Taranto
Theran’s Nemazee villa
The Montedoria building in Milan
The church of San Francesco d’Assisi at Fopponino in Milan
The church of San Carlo Borromeo in Milan
The Ponti house in via Dezza in Milan
The Department Stores of Eindhoven
The Planchart villa of Caracas
The Italian Institute of Culture in Stockholm

 

BRH+ / “Architettura Ponti”
Matt brass processed by chemical etching.
Candoglia marble worked on the surface
Approx. 40 x 12 x 80 cm
© BRH+ / 2018

TypologyFurniture
ClientIstituto italiano di Cultura – Stoccolma
Year2018