PibaMarmi Pavilion, Italy | Alberto Campo Baeza

This recent project by spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza for PibaMarmi is presented in Verona, Italy, at Marmomacc 2013. The new pavilion with the title ‘The Stone of Sisyphus’, is a semi-cubic piece of timeless architectural space, inspired by the greek myth of Sisyphus and referring to the concept of gravity.

An enormous stone plate hangs over visitors’ heads, reflected on the mirrored floor and surrounded by white silk walls, in a refined balance between reality and illusion.

Photography © Damiano Steccanella | Courtesy of Alberto Campo Baeza

Description from Piba Marmi | Alberto Campo Baeza:

The PIBAMARMI pavilion at the 2013 edition of MARMOMACC in Verona was designed by the Spanish architect Alberto CAMPO BAEZA, winner of the Fair’s International Award Architecture in Stone 2013 for the office building of the Castilla León Junta in front of the Cathedral in Zamora.
The pavilion for PIBAMARMI represents the materialization of the power of Gravity over Light. It consists of an enormous hazelnut travertine stone measuring 4x4x1 m suspended in the air at only 1,90 m height in the centre of a cube of Light measuring 8x8x4 m, over a reflective floor. Passing below such a massive, low-hanging stone, we physically feel the compression produced by its weight. As simple as that.
CAMPO BAEZA is a tenured professor at ETSAM and an architect of international renown who designed the award-winning pavilion for PIBAMARMI at the 2009 edition of MARMOMACC. In 2013 he has received the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal in Germany and the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters of New York and the International Award Architecture in Stone 2013 in Italy which has presented to him in Verona at MARMOMACC 2013.

Sketches © Courtesy of Alberto Campo Baeza
Plan © Courtesy of Alberto Campo Baeza
Section © Courtesy of Alberto Campo Baeza
Elevation © Courtesy of Alberto Campo Baeza
Source: Piba Marmi | Alberto Campo Baeza