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Idea by

Alessandra Covini in collaboration with Tomas Dirrix

Studio Ossidiana

http://www.studio-ossidiana.com/

Walenburgerweg 3A, Rotterdam, Netherlands
SO works at the crossroads of architecture, design and art. SO explores innovative approaches and materials in architecture, public space, interior and design. SO is always in search of material expression to create unexpected atmospheres. SO explores architecture through material investigations, focusing on the transposition of theoretical concepts into material creations. The name is inspired by the Obsidian stone, embodying both material transformation and cultural narratives

A Concrete Paradise: Petrified Carpets


Material expression for an architecture of experience and joy

A Concrete Paradise: Petrified Carpets


Material expression for an architecture of experience and joy
Material expression for an architecture of experience and joy
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We foresee a potential opportunity in a Future Architecture where material expression enhances sensorial experience, in which beauty, color and playfulness lead to an architecture of joy. We explore architecture through material investigation, transposing concepts into artefacts. An example is Petrified Carpets, an historical and material research that translates elements found in Persian carpets into a series of concrete forms. Experimenting with different techniques of casting, coloring, and texturing concrete, these elements are translated into tactile concrete forms exposing the lively character of a material that has, in the building industries, progressively lost its expressive potential. The results are a series of Brutalist Toys that compose a semipavilion: a manifesto of a Future Architecture that engages with material expression, artistic production and craftmanship, illustrating narratives and framing rituals. Aspects that are often neglected in architecture discipline.


Photo by EH(Kyoungtae Kim)

Photo by EH(Kyoungtae Kim)

Photo by EH(Kyoungtae Kim)

Photo by EH(Kyoungtae Kim)

Photo by EH(Kyoungtae Kim)

A Concrete Paradise: Petrified Carpets


Material expression for an architecture of experience and joy

A Concrete Paradise: Petrified Carpets


Material expression for an architecture of experience and joy
Material expression for an architecture of experience and joy
File under

We foresee a potential opportunity in a Future Architecture where material expression enhances sensorial experience, in which beauty, color and playfulness lead to an architecture of joy. We explore architecture through material investigation, transposing concepts into artefacts. An example is Petrified Carpets, an historical and material research that translates elements found in Persian carpets into a series of concrete forms. Experimenting with different techniques of casting, coloring, and texturing concrete, these elements are translated into tactile concrete forms exposing the lively character of a material that has, in the building industries, progressively lost its expressive potential. The results are a series of Brutalist Toys that compose a semipavilion: a manifesto of a Future Architecture that engages with material expression, artistic production and craftmanship, illustrating narratives and framing rituals. Aspects that are often neglected in architecture discipline.


Photo by EH(Kyoungtae Kim)

Photo by EH(Kyoungtae Kim)

Photo by EH(Kyoungtae Kim)

Photo by EH(Kyoungtae Kim)

Photo by EH(Kyoungtae Kim)


Idea by

Alessandra Covini in collaboration with Tomas Dirrix
Studio Ossidiana
Walenburgerweg 3A
Rotterdam
Netherlands
SO works at the crossroads of architecture, design and art. SO explores innovative approaches and materials in architecture, public space, interior and design. SO is always in search of material expression to create unexpected atmospheres. SO explores architecture through material investigations, focusing on the transposition of theoretical concepts into material creations. The name is inspired by the Obsidian stone, embodying both material transformation and cultural narratives