Curved Catalan Camper

Widely used in Catalonia, the b√≥veda (vault) is one of the most elegant structural supports in the design world. They appear to defy physics, confounding beholders with their layered brickwork and gentle curves (see the example of the Soriano-Manzanet family vault in Villareal, Spain). Taking inspiration from this architectural tradition, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma redesigned footwear store Camper. Using both the characteristic terracotta orange and … Continue reading Curved Catalan Camper

Soriano-Manzanet family vault, Villareal, Spain

Vaulted Valediction

Close to 20,000 hand-made ceramic tiles were used during the construction of the vaulted Mortuary Chapel for the Soriano-Manzanet family in Villarea, Spain, once tests had been carried out to determine the appropriate type of clay and firing regime. Texture, durability and aging tests were also undertaken. Continue reading Vaulted Valediction