Arcipelago Ocno

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Arcipelago Ocno is an archipelago of floating islands that functions as an aquatic piazza for the city, extending Mantova’s urban fabric onto the lakes that surround its historic centre. Throughout the year it will host concerts, events, performances, lectures and screenings on Mantova’s lakes, transforming them from a picturesque backdrop to an active site of urban life. The islands form modular units which can be reconfigured, relocated and extended according to the activities they host, and will continue to provide a venue for Mantova’s cultural activities in years to come.
The archipelago is named after Ocno – a demigod son of Manto and the god river Mincio. Legend has it that in honor of his deceased mother, Ocno founded the city of Mantova on the river Mincio, where he fled after his father was recalled to live among his fellow Gods. The installation’s outline recalls the form of the lotus, or Nelumbium nucifera, an extensive presence in the lakes that bloom in July and August.

Arcipelago Ocno is an archipelago of floating islands that functions as an aquatic piazza for the city, extending Mantova’s urban fabric onto the lakes that surround its historic centre. Throughout the year it will host concerts, events, performances, lectures and screenings on Mantova’s lakes, transforming them from a picturesque backdrop to an active site of urban life. The islands form modular units which can be reconfigured, relocated and extended according to the activities they host, and will continue to provide a venue for Mantova’s cultural activities in years to come.
Project team: Joseph Grima, Giulia Finazzi, Enrico Ginocchio
Client: Città di Mantova (Mattia Palazzi, Sindaco, Lorenza Baroncelli, Assessore Rigenerazione Urbana)
Production: Piemme Srls
In collaboration with Libra Onlus & Istituto Fde
Technical consultant: Franco Troffei
Electrical systems: Martini&Martini
Logistics: Navi Andes Negrini
Photography and media: Siglacom for Mantova2016

Press:
Living Corriere della Sera
Artribune
Gazzetta di Mantova

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RAM House
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RAM House is a dwelling prototype that explores the home’s response to a new definition of privacy in the age of sentient appliances and signal based communication. As the space of the home becomes saturated by “smart” devices capable of monitoring their surroundings, the role of the domestic envelope as a shield from an external gaze becomes irrelevant: it is the home itself that is observing us.
The RAM House responds to this near-future scenario by proposing a space of selective electromagnetic autonomy. Wi-Fi, cellphone and other radio signals are filtered within the space’s core by various movable shields of radar-absorbent material (RAM) and meshing, preventing signals from entering/exiting. Just as a curtain can be drawn to visually expose the domestic interior of a traditional home, panels can be slid open to allow radio waves to enter and exit, when so desired. RAM house is a proposal of cohabitation with technology other than by a constant default presence.
RAM House is a dwelling prototype that explores the home’s response to a new definition of privacy in the age of sentient appliances and signal based communication. As the space of the home becomes saturated by “smart” devices capable of monitoring their surroundings, the role of the domestic envelope as a shield from an external gaze becomes irrelevant: it is the home itself that is observing us. The RAM House responds to this near-future scenario by proposing a space of selective electromagnetic autonomy.

Project team: Joseph Grima, Tamar Shafrir, Simone Niquille, Giulia Finazzi
Structure & cabinets: Prokoss-Mobilrot
Kitchen & shower fittings: Dornbracht
Bathroom fittings: Duravit
Furniture: Fratelli Levaggi
RF insulation: Geco-lab
Flooring: Artepronta

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