The installation at the Arsenale by the Indian architect Anupama Kundoo, which can be visited for the whole six months the Exhibition lasts, illustrates the knowledge process at the base of architectural planning and design.
Knowledge and conception are two fundamental elements in the work of an architect, between which there must be integration, and Anupama Kundoo has sought to represent this integration by displaying her most innovative projects, using the Laminam ceramic slabs from the Calce collection, in the Tortora shade as a surface to support and set the tone for the installation.
On the one hand, 40 plinths covered with 3mm-thick slabs show the “fruit” of her studies (the sectioned models on a 1:50 scale of his best-known buildings); on the other, 6 tables with 12mm-thick tops show the “roots” of her research and experimentation (the models on a scale of 1:5 and the samples of materials typical of the project architect’s desk).
In the central part is the life-size construction of a sustainable living unit in iron-cement, the “Full Fill Home”, access to which is via three steps covered with 3mm-thick ceramic slabs, the same ones also used for the 4 benches provided for visitors.
Anupama Kundoo has a profound knowledge of the ceramic material, which she has studied in depth. She has chosen Laminam slabs for her installation because she was impressed with their innovative technology, large size, minimum thickness and perfect planarity. The Calce collection in particular, thanks to the cement effect, has given the installation exactly the tone and sensation the Architect sought to recreate.