Expressing Materials & Components
Angelo Mangiarotti


Angelo Mangiarotti

©Monica Pidgeon

I think we can say that construction is a matrix of architecture. In a sense we have learned from the old times when construction was achieving some kind of result not for aesthetical reason. It's interesting, the philosophers said all the temples in Greece were not made for aesthetical reasons. Greek architecture involved for instance with what we call dynamic symmetry, is the instrument to be able to do a column, to fix the plan of the building, to design the plan of the city, the intellectual instrument, but which gave the possibility to be translated directly, in real construction, in real architecture. But without this condition architecture doesn't exist. This is the reason why we have lots of interest in materials, because when we know about what material can be used, we can try to explain why we love materials, we are interested in materials, and using Plato and Aristotle, we can translate exactly the different thought in architecture. And I think it is the philosopher Heidegger who said "an architect is someone who translates an idea into a building". This kind of translation is what makes and justifies the position of the architect. This is the reason construction and material is our big interest. We can start, for instance, in very small things - as a small table or small piece of furniture - using this kind of attitude even with material, as is marble or stone or granite and so forth.


Tables & Details Of Their Joints

©Angelo Mangiarotti

Talking about the first one, the marble is generally used for inside, and the form of the joint for the marble pieces I think is more typical, I mean its finish is brilliant, the form is very soft and its more typical for inside furniture.

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