Fabric fabrication

Brought back to refurbish Olivo’s, a central London Italian restaurant he designed 25 years ago, architect Perluigi Piu looked to Sardinia’s ancient weaving techniques and the island’s fascination with the lapwing – a bird seen as a symbol of fertility and prosperity – as inspiration. Produced with stone workers Lithea, the primary feature of the main dining space is its ‘tapestry’ wall of stone bas reliefs, the small baubles of stone (pibiònes) emulating the sequences of small loops traditionally executed with the weft thread. The effect is accentuated by high level lighting that throws the pattern into relief. The appropriation of fabric techniques translated into stone make for a curiously compelling result.

 

Latest

We describe it as an award for architectural drawing, but how you achieve that image is up to you. And once again we have separate categories for students and practitioners

Our annual award for architectural image making

University of Akureyri extension, Iceland

University of Akureyri extension, Iceland

Our tools are only as good as the data they get

Our tools are only as good as the data they get

Kate Darby interweaves many roles deep in Herefordshire’s remote and ancient landscape

Now is the time for this small Herefordshire firm to bloom

Repurpose, reinvention, recreation – expert panel at Futurebuild’s 'A future for our town centres' debate buzzes with workable ideas

Futurebuild debate buzzes with workable ideas