Following his large-scale porcelain ‘Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud’ installation, the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has recently realised this conversion of a typical, brick farmhouse into a light and airy exhibition space and an archive for the Italian ceramics manufacturer Casalgrande Padana. Completed in July 2011, the 470-square-meters building is located on company’s production site, in the countryside near the norther Italian city of Reggio Emilia.
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‘The pre-existing building, which has survived the deep industrial evolution of the surrounding territory, has been fully restored and recovered to become the historical and documentary archive of Casalgrande Padana. The building and the surrounding garden are also suitable for hosting exhibitions, meetings and cultural events and have established a harmonious relationship to the nearby Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud, the spectacular landmark designed by Kuma himself and inaugurated a year ago.’
”For the Old House project, Kuma drew from the wide range of fine porcelain stoneware ceramic elements produced by Casalgrande Padana, which include Granitogres line, Unicolore series, Absolute White, already used for the construction of the Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud, which is appropriate for high-frequentation environments such as the Hall, the Old Tiles Room, the staircase and the Projection Room, as well as for pedestrian pathways and the external courtyard. ‘