The project at 57 Ripa di Porta Ticinese in the Navigli district of Milan is an extension of Claudio Antonioli’s avant-garde fashion store, which first openend in 2003 at this location. The new store occupies the corner of Via P. Paoli and the canal-side of Ripa di Porta Ticinese, a beautiful and lively former warehouse district of Milan.
Two materials dominate our intervention in the space: Asphalt, and tinted glass.
Asphalt as a very basic building material, at the same time crude, inexpensive, used for large scale infrastructural installations, but if applied in uncoventional ways displays great beauty.
In the project for Antonioli we used asphalt without the addition of aggregates. It is not rolled or polished, but melted at high temperatures, poured and allowed to settle, creating lava-like streams, articulated into rough and smooth areas. The floor was laid by a roadworks company.Read more