Two Maestros of architecture took part in the discussion at Cersaie: Mario Botta and Guido Canali, with Fulvio Irace acting as moderator, discussed their views on architectural design on the 27th of September at the Architecture Gallery, part of the 10th edition of the exhibition’s “Building, Dwelling, Thinking” cultural programme..
The stimulating discussion highlighted one issue in particular: these two doyens of the world of architecture have no intention of laying down their arms. For Botta the discussion was the chance to illustrate two of his most recent works: the Fiore di Pietra restaurant at the top of Monte Generoso on Lake Lugano (Switzerland) and the Theatre of Architecture at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio (Switzerland). The characteristics of his works are instantly recognisable: pure volumes broken by light, firmly rooted to the ground and made from the same interposed, recurring materials (bricks and stone).
For Canali, on the other hand, it was an excursus on his designs for the museum (mainly restorations and installations) and industrial sectors. The first ones, in the author’s own words, are characterised by a soft approach, in an attempt to “Leave what is antique with its most authentic identity”. The second ones, on the other hand, are characterised by their dryness and elegance and their intense relationship with the surrounding
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