Renzo Piano explained that the Vulcano is a contemporary take on a Greek market, a void as a place for events, meetings, dialogue and gathering people. The conical shape of the mall is composed of interconnected, rotating solids, each with a different slope. The slopes vary in height from 25 to 41 metres and have a total diameter of 320 metres. The project, located in Nola, is built of reinforced concrete, and then the roof is covered with more than 2,500 plants that isolate the interior spaces, and help the artificial structure to blend in with its surroundings. The roof is also fitted with a series of solar-controlled double-glazed skylights to reduce the energy required for lighting by filtering sunlight. “The project defines a modern interpretation of cooperation. We don’t want to build a sad shopping centre, but a square where the void is the element where people meet,” says Renzo Piano. The “crater” space is intended to host artistic and cultural events, shows and events. The lighting design follows the guidelines of the architectural project and uses luminaire types typical of commercial and urban spaces, accentuating the citadel image. Cities are constantly growing and, increasingly, the night-time period offers ample opportunities in the social and economic spheres and architecture makes up the scene. And so it is that architectural lighting, the relationship between light and architecture, especially outdoors, emphasises the architectural details of the elevations, sculpting their volumes, capturing interest and conveying emotions. The Vulcano Buono “copies nature, the volcano in front of it”, explains Renzo Piano, “because art has always been a robbery of nature, an open-faced robbery that takes to give back”.
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Orsay Museum where architecture became a big lighting device, the reflections of light bulbs with walls and ceilings create a uniform light without shadows. Groups of projectors in Grassi Palace recall a small football field. Here was born a new type of lighting device. Reflector lamps and articulated support gives life at the "Cestello". Spasa na Krovi is a perfection of Mantova project. Light beams aggregation allow the device size reduction and the dispersion light control.