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Industry and territory at the Venice Exhibition


The Miralduolo di Torgiano plant in Umbria among the examples of sustainable industrial architecture made in Italy

Industrial architectures of Made in Italy protagonists of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale which will be inaugurated on 29 August. The Italy Pavilion, which the Ministry for Cultural and Environmental Heritage has entrusted to the care of Luca Zevi after choosing his project from among 10 Italian architects called to participate, it appears as a reflection on relationship between industry, architecture and territory or, to put it more generally, between culture and economy.

The intention of the exhibition space created by Zevi, in collaboration with his staff e IN / ARCH National Institute of Architecture, is to show the public how some brands of excellence of Made in Italy have chosen to build workplaces according to a architectural design of excellence, thus giving birth to structures that are attentive to poetics of places and objects, to people's life, to environmental sustainability.

The accent is placed on a doing Italian business virtuous also in thinking about the places of production and marketing. A choice that, albeit in a fine way, helps to create new landscapes in a contemporary territory characterized - and often devastated - by a strong decentralization of production units.

The Italy Pavilion will document in this way a relationship between architecture and industry which, often defeated on the ground of large territorial and urban developments, has continued to develop sporadically but significantly thanks to the companies that have kept the prestige of the Italian production in the world.

A concrete example in which the meanings of the exhibition find synthesis is lo Miralduolo di Torgiano plant designed by the architect Filippo Raimondo of the ABDR study, which according to the curators of the exhibition represents a highly significant example of industrial architecture of Made in Italy.

The Miralduolo di Torgiano plant it rises in Umbria perfectly integrated with nature in a context of great landscape value. Dedicated to the most technologically sophisticated processing phases that conclude the production cycle of Listone Giordano, is considered a reference model for plant automation and organizational values. This industrial setting is represented in the automated warehouse, one logistics platform unique in its kind for size and technological modernity.

Born in 1970, the production center of Miralduolo has right in the most recent robotic warehouse its flagship. A symbol of industrial architecture of great prestige, a forerunner project that testifies to the particular attention of a family of entrepreneurs, the family Margaritelli, in combining industrial presence with a delicate one landscape sensitivity in a territory with a strong agricultural and enological vocation.

The Miralduolo plant has a careful skyline, which reduces theenvironmental impact with an excavation of over 6 meters deep underground and creates conditions of continuity on multiple levels of interpretation of the landscape. This testifies to a project illuminated by a long-term vision, which has been able to merge with the sweetness of the Umbrian hills.

Edited byMichele Ciceri


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