Trame is an exhibition that explores, with an interdisciplinary approach and with more than 250 pieces, the different applications and forms of copper through art, design and architecture, science and technology.
The set up and the graphic project of the exhibition, that allow to understand the value and the flexibility of this material,was designed by Migliore + Servetto Architects.
Copper, a traditional material that the evolution of technology has gradually enriched in its potential and how to use it, finds a renewed today modernness of use in the field of architecture.
Technical characteristics of durability and sustainability, however, certify what material of excellence it is. But, among the many qualities of copper, however,the most remarkable one, is the capacity of this material to “engage” with its surroundings, in a very broad sense.
When copper “descends from the rooftops” through the brilliant visions of contemporary designers, the building turns into a sort of organism sharing surrounding, becoming at the same time both an independent subject and a landscape.
About these feautures the Architecture’s section introduces a selection of significant “dots” among the many interesting examples that might be referred to. Projects, as well as photographs, by architects like: BBPR, for the Torre Velasca in Milan, Herzog & de Meuron for the Signal Box in Basel and for the de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, Steven Holl Architects for the Sarphatistraat Offices in Amsterdam, Mecanoo for the National Heritage Museum in Arnhem, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop for the NEMO (National Center for Science and Technology) in Amsterdam, Aldo Rossi for the Teatro del Mondo in Venice, Alvaro Siza for the Leça Swimming Pools, Souto de Moura for the Two Houses at Ponte de Lima, and finally, the Electa Book Pavilion designed by James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates with Tom Muirhead.
Matteo Piazza’s pictures of the interiors of the Statue of Liberty, sheathed entirely in copper, accompany this section.