The new extension designed by 1+1=1 Claudio Silvestrin Giuliana Salmaso architects and planners for laRinascente in Piazza della Repubblica, Florence, is conceived as a symbol of strength through the square, yet of lightness, in the detail of the Archangel’s wing in Filippo Lippi’s painting of the Annunciation. Visually, the new extension is floating above Palazzo del Trianon while preserving its authentic architectural structure. More images and project description after the break.
The new configuration creates a synergy between the volumetric symmetry of the existing 19th Century building, which is deeply rooted to the ground, and the tension towards the sky of the new contemporary building.
The lightness becomes more perceptible through the materials of the new construction that has a metallic structure and is very easy to assemble and disassemble; it is rounded off with plaster and lime, an ancient material which intentionally conveys a sense of immaculacy.
Architects: 1+1=1 Claudio Silvestrin Giuliana Salmaso architects and planners Location: Florence, Italy Client: laRinascente Collaborators: Charlotte Borghmans, Emilia Izquierdo, Francesco Muto, Stefania Odelli, Silvia Sola, Mariachiara Suriani Project year: 2011 Project area: 1,600sqm (extension only) – 7,200sqm (whole project)