Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.

Ribbon Development

Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.
Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.

Gianni Arnaudo is renowned as an architect who is particularly fluent in the language of shape and volume.  His recent project – a fitting HQ for Italian panettone manufacturer Maina – uses architecture as a visual transmission of a message; a plastic interpretation of a core aspect of contemporary society.

Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.
Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.

The new Maina factory is a careful synthesis of opposite worlds, East and West, fluently expressed in the language of Pop.  The dominant element is a bold red ribbon that penetrates the building from outside, wraps the internal volume in a sculptural staircase, and then projects outwards, reflected in the mirrored surface of a small lake.  This playful form diminishes the perceived size of this monumental structure and creates a strong sense of movement through the lightness of this glossy coloured linear element.

Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.
Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.

The red ribbon, a symbol of joy and cheerfulness, wraps the renovated and extended Maina works like a ribbon around a present, or a panettone.  The red colour is carried through into tables and stools produced by Slide to Arnaudo’s design, as well as Kalla armchairs made with a matching gloss red finish.

Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.
Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.

Gianni Arnaudo’s commission at Fossano is a fitting statement to mark the 50th anniversary of this iconic Italian patisserie company, that started in 1964 as a small confectionery laboratory in Turin. Today, thousands of delicacies are baked daily, including Pan di Spagna, brioches, croissants, amaretti, savoiardi and Panettoni.

Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.
Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.

The refurbishment gave a starring roll to tiles from Casalgrande Padana. Here the focus is on the Dragon Grey texture from the Amazzonia range – part of the Pietre Native collection – which were used for the external flooring. Internal floors and finishes feature Inox from the Metallica range – part of the Granitoker collection – that provide an effective contrast to the warm coloured furniture used at the Piedmontese factory.

Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.
Maina HQ by Gianni Arnaudo.

The interior is stunning, with red armchairs and golden tables shaped like a panettone, drawing out the signature red ribbon that ties together the architectural forms, and emphasised by stark contrast to the grey/metallic tonalities of Casalgrande Padana’s porcelain tiles.  Gianni Arnaudo terms this ‘an architecture of emotion’ that bases its sense of lightness on this chromatic relationship.

Lighting designers at Simes have dressed the innovative building, enhancing the volumes that come to life when illuminated. While the sinuous unwinding of the staircase is emphasized by the light transpiring from the glass walls, the lighting requirement consisted of designing an adequate exterior lighting concept to emphasize the structure of the red ribbon.

The desired effect was created by post-mounted large beam diffusing Twist luminaires; their articulated structure allow to direct the luminous beam directly onto the wall. The sidewalk is enhanced by the diffused light of the Cool Square bollards that accompany the path till the main entrance of the building.

In the interior behind the red wall, in-ground Suit luminaires mark the steps of the sidewalk that goes on till the reception entrance hall. In the office building, Loft wall luminaires diffuse their light beam from the top down, counterpointing the high vertical and narrow windows, creating a sense of a colonnade.

The light beams enhance the shapes without interfering at all with the structure. The building has been treated as if it were a sculpture, where light allows the lifelines of the colours to emerge against the shadows of the evening and with them, to bring their symbolic message of feast.

Slide’s products were selected to furnish the public areas and the entrance lobby. This leading Italian producer of lighting furniture, lamps, etc, contributed Pandoro hanging lamps and stools, Kalla armchairs, Fizz tables, designed by Gianni Arnaudo.

Client: Maina Panettoni   Architect: Gianni Arnaudo.   Structural: Marcello Durbano   Security-Fireproofing: Mauro Fruttero    Electrical Plant: Sergio Degiovanni   Thermal and Sanitary: EQ Ingegneria  Main Contractor: Zumaglini & Gallina Frameworks: Frea & Frea  Glasses: Schüco Doors  Internal Frameworks: Bertolotto Porte   Floors and Claddings: Casalgrande Padana   Prefabrication: Isocell   Furniture: Slide Design   Interior Lighting: iGuzzini   Exterior Lighting: Simes  Stretch walls Barrisol  Window frames Frea & Frea  Special Furniture: Sereno Mobili 

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A new post by Joe Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, April 2017.

 

 

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