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05.04.2008 | News

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Ecological Homes: the use of natural materials in sustainable construction
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The book, “Case Ecologiche”, by author Dominique Gauzin-Müller (translated in Italian by Edizioni Ambiente) presents a panorama of new techniques in the field of ecological construction and sustainable development.  It utilizes examples of how to integrate various natural materials, both singularly and in conjunction with one another.
Raw soil, wood, stone, glass, brick, and straw, are all included in the homes that the author has found in the Americas (Brasil, Canada, United States) in Asia (China, India) in Australia and in Europe (Germany, Austria, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Switzerland).  These choices provide a complete and significant spectrum of the most current trends in the area of ecological homes.
One of the principal materials utilized is natural stone, praised for both for its physical characteristics and esthetic ones.  It has been lovingly rediscovered today for its capacity to provide an overall sense of well-being both through visual cues and tactile elements.  It is a traditional material which has a long history of being utilized by man in the sector of construction; stone slabs are one of the best materials in terms of durability and ease of repair, in addition to having a positive ecological impact through the possibility to re-cycle the material.
The images of the ecological homes presented in the volume vary radically due to various factors including: the surrounding area and climate, the natural resources available, the economic contest and local culture and tradition.  However, throughout the book one may observe several themes found also in traditional construction methods.  Whether situated in a natural environment, or in an urban context, many of the homes include not only living quarters, but also work spaces, hence limiting the traffic and pollution that commuting causes.
The theme of sustainable architecture, from ecological construction to energy efficient projects, continues to garner much attention in the field.  Architects and designers have adapted their work to ensure optimal technical solutions and sustainable esthetics while also considering other aspects including: respect for the environment, use of energy sources and availability of local materials.  All the while, they continue to pay close attention to creating an environment that includes the best creature comforts available (climate, acoustic etc.) for those who live and work in the home.
Within this cultural context of a sustainable approach to design, the choice of materials to utilize is one of the most important elements that an architect must face.  In particular, choices regarding the internal area of the structure are chosen with great care and thought, since this area, as opposed to the external parts, will be of greater influence on the overall well-being of those living in the structure.
Architect and journalist, Dominique Gauzine-Müller collaborates with many publishing houses and European trade publications: in France “D'Architectures”, “Le Moniteur des travaux publics et du bâtiment”, “Séquences Bois” and “Techniques et architecture”, in Germany “Detail e Deutsche Bauzeitung” and in Italy “L'architettura natural”. Passionate about architecture utilizing wood in ecological projects, he develops much of his work as Associate Professor at the Scuola d'architettura di Nancy, and presents his research and work through written publications. He participates in conferences both in France and abroad.

(Dominique Gauzin-Müller. Case ecologiche. I principi, le tendenze, gli esempi, Edizioni Ambiente, 2007, 45 euro)
28.12.2007 | News

Il CASONE at MADE Expo as part of a top team

Key word: integration
IL CASONE is participating in a team of eight leaders in the construction sector in the realization of an important project that will be presented at MADE Expo 2008 in Milan at the Rho Trade Fair in Milano from February 5-9, 2008, Pad 7- G01-H02.
The architectural project led by Studio Trombini, is the new office building of Tetra Pak Packaging Solutions of Modena.
The key word is integration.

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How to create a pleasant work environment? One in which the space is not only comfortable, and esthetically pleasing, but also provides a high level of technological integration?
By combining various technological solutions: ones which are architecturally advanced, esthetically beautiful and which integrate various technological features that contribute to the overall well being of the work environment. These essential elements include the monitoring of temperature, and sound, all in an attempt to minimize the environmental impact of the office structure.
An exceptional team for this case history: Schüco realized the creation of the external environment, Comfort System and Haytek monitored the aspects of climate control, Pancaldi provided the internal ceiling structure, Goldbach created the technological aspects, Germino designed and provided their gx internal wall paneling and flooring and IL CASONE curates the design and installation of the flooring. In addition, Targetti provided the lighting and Flex the visual communication features.
The value of this initiative does not lie only in the completed facility, a work of art in of itself, but also in the team effort of these eight companies provided to ensure a high quality of architectural work.

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IL CASONE intends to continue to work towards this goal: to integrate their specific talents with other leaders in construction and interior design to open a dialogue that will work towards raising the bar in the realization of high quality buildings which are esthetically beautiful, technologically advanced, and which offer a high level of comfort.

MADE Expo 2008 –  February 5-9 – Rho Fiera Milano Pad 7- G01-H02

Gemino   Flex    Schüco    Tecno Confort Systems    Hatek    Pancaldi    Targetti
26.11.2007 | News

Best Communicator Award

Lorenzo e Alberto Bartolomei accept the award at the Firenzuola headquarters
Mauro Albano and Vincenzo Pavan, representing the organization of Marmomacc, on the 15th of November formally delivered this award to Lorenzo and Alberto Bartolemi, heads of Il Casone, at the headquarters in Firenzuola. The award was given for the Kengo Kuma’s innovative and esthetic project of the Il Casone exhibition stand.

The company philosophy of Il Casone, which has already brought much attention to the value of communication within the environment of architectural design, represents best the spirit of the Marmomacc conference.
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Experts such as those of Kengo Kuma, in conjunction with creative businesspeople such as Il Casone cannot help but enrich the event which has become the premier meeting point for researchers and students of the entire sector.
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11.11.2007 | News

Kengo Kuma

Exhibition on display in Padua through January 27
It is the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who is featured in the third edition of the International Biennial for Architecture “Barbara Cappochin”, with an exhibit being shown in the main halls of the Palazzo della Ragione.
Titled “Due carpe: acqua/terra - villaggio/città – Fenomenologie”, the exhibit presents a moving evolution which begins with one of the architectural symbols of Medieval Padua and proceeds to the secrets of antique Japanese traditions.

Two immense sculpture-structures in the form of a carp fish, constructed in organza and visible from the inside, together with a pedestal of illuminated glass, act as projection screens for the most celebrated works of art by Kengo Kuma.  They perfectly illustrate the professional and artistic development of the Japanese master.  Evident are his passion for natural materials including wood and stone and his attention to reach harmony between his works and the environment.
The evocative exhibit is on display through January 27th from Tuesday to Sunday 9:00am – 6:00pm. (Admission required.) For additional information: architettipadova@awn.it
09.11.2007 | News

Marmomacc 2007. Best Communicator Award

Best Communicator Award to Kengo Kuma’s stand, IL CASONE
“For his genius in utilizing a simple modular sheet to create delicate themes which promote a dialogue between light and form; for his effectiveness in softening a material which by nature is heavy and to have bestowed an expressive characteristic to a monochromatic material; for the richness of its volume, for the ironic use of video communication which creates a playful illusion of a castle of playing cards.” … it is for these reasons that the Best Communicator Award jury, during Marmomacc 2007, awarded its top prize to the stand called IL CASONE, designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

The Best Communicator Award, being presented for the first time this year, is one that the Directors of Marmomacc have great hopes for.  The objective is the sensitize exhibitors to the value of their stands in relation to brand image and to increase the impact of their corporate message towards future commercial development.
IL CASONE represents a joyful artistic union of Kengo Kuma’s work who also designed the “module”, one of ten projects presented at “Marmomacc Meets Design”.  He reached his objective by offering a space which displays value, both enveloping and engaging, where stone is the undisputed protagonist.
19.10.2007 | News

Un muro traforato

Stone Pavilion. L'immaterialità della pietra


Un muro traforato, in cui a disegnare la trama sono migliaia di lastre di pietra serena extraforte: è lo Stone Pavilion ideato da Kengo Kuma per Il Casone, nell’ambito dell’edizione appena conclusasi di Marmomacc (Verona, 4-7 ottobre). L’architetto giapponese si è confrontato con la leggerezza litica, proponendo un muro “svuotato”, “leggero”, in cui la materia si distribuisce attorno al vuoto. L’opera ha suscitato l’interesse di un folto pubblico di architetti e progettisti, attratti dall’originale composizione e dall’applicazione innovativa della pietra, nonché dalla presenza dello stesso Kuma, che ha risposto alle domande dei giornalisti presenti (testate e tv di settore, RAI e Sky).
Un evento nell’evento, quindi, reso possibile grazie alla forza creativa dell’architetto giapponese, allo spirito innovativo dell’azienda il Casone e ad un team di collaboratori e consulenti (Luigi Alini, docente all’Università d Catania, Alfonso Acocella, docente all’Università di Ferrara, Francesco Funari di Targetti Sankey che ha curato l’illuminazione).

Ecco un breve filmato che ripercorre le fasi di realizzazione dell’opera: dall’ideazione alla produzione nello stabilimento, fino al montaggio.
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