Cava Arcari is tough to classify. The challenge is about within the countryside exterior the Italian metropolis of Vicenza, within the Arcari caves – a wealthy supply of Pietra di Vicenza stone till operations stopped within the Nineteen Fifties. Between 2010 and 2018, the Milan-based arm of David Chipperfield Architects remodeled the location from a working quarry to a multifunctional occasion and efficiency venue like no different, deep beneath the bottom within the richly wooded land of the area’s Berici Hills. Excessive drama and a strong connection to nature dominate all through.
Cava Arcari by David Chipperfield
The inside, which was developed in collaboration with native Venetian stone and marble producer Laboratorio Morseletto, is imposing and distinctive, with a deeply geological high quality that aligns with the location’s origins and former life. A sequence of platforms, steps and ramps inside provide circulation, stage and seating choices in a free, versatile format – referencing the stepped tiers in historic Roman theatres, or Swiss architect Adolphe Appia’s legendary stage units. ‘The intervention has created a dialogue between the unintended structure of the caves and the formalised stage and seating platforms that symbolize occupation and efficiency,’ writes the Chipperfield group.
Naturally, all the things inside is made out of Vicenza stone. Honouring the location’s historical past and dealing with the noble, pure materials, the architects added and carved out volumes within the calcareous rock to create an environment, which, mixed with surrounding water-filled chambers, befits the placing visible spectacle of the caves. The lighting, designed by Viabizzuno, turns into a vital factor within the dramatic character of this unparalleled venue.
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