Solid wall / Ephemeral wall

Eduardo Souto de Moura

Verona, Marmomacc 2014

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The exhibition space will consist in stone walls giving access to hidden rooms, indicated by hut-shaped wooden structures covered in fabric.
According to the architect, the contrast between the stereotomic walls on the facades and the tectonic rooms behind them, aims to activate a reflection on the solid wall/ephemeral wall duality, linking to the theory and projects of Aldo Rossi and Robert Venturi. Walls can indeed convey values of width, continuity, and radication (Rossi), but they can transmit as well completely opposite ideas of thinness, fragmentation, and duplicity (Venturi).