Snøhetta and the antipodes of lithosphere

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Snøhetta’s concept for Pibamarmi pavilion at Marmomacc 46th edition.


Big sectioned and dug stone blocks, porous diaphragms permeable to sight, smooth and slightly incoherent floorings: these are the formal and material themes being developed in Snøhetta’s exhibit concept for the next Pibamarmi pavilion at Marmomacc fair in Verona. According to Kjetil Thorsen, founder associate of the studio in Oslo, stone must show the versatile and multipurpose identity within its “genetic code”: indeed, not regarding the more conventional ideas eradicated in common opinion, stone material can multiply images and sensations of smoothness and lightness that are immediately evident and evocative in the contrasts of sizes and depths. Enormous volumes, light textures composed of rings and cylinders made of stone, and horizontal surfaces constituted of aggregates of various calibres, will receive visitors of the new Pibamarmi pavilion in a space that will be at the antipodes of a lithosphere always more and more interesting for the contemporary design.