One of the installations at the Venice Biennale as part of the project Vatican Chappels was by ALPI one of the producers of the first Pavilion of the Holy See, Vatican Chapels, at Fondazione Cini on the Island of San Giorgio Maggio.
ALPI has built for this project the Asplund Pavilion by the architects Francesco Magnani and Traudy Pelzel. For the external facings of the construction, ALPI has developed an experimental material of 9000 wood shingles; while the interior is completely faced in ALPI Xilo 2.0 Striped White, developed in collaboration with Piero Lissoni.
“While for the interior the architects Francesco Magnani and Traudy Pelzel have chosen one of our most successful Xilo woods, for the exterior they asked me to create a completely new product: dark gray shingles, “like a dragon’s skin,”as Francesco Magnani so effectively puts it.” - Vittorio Alpi
“The surfaces we have produced for this project, both outside and inside, are very different from each other; the characteristics of each are enhanced in their juxtaposition.” - Vittorio Alpi
The architectural structure – with a length of about 11 and a height of 8 meters – is organized as aprismatic form similar to that of a crystal, and entirely clad in ALPI wood.
The Asplund Pavilion represents another emblematic example of the company’s intense relationship with the world of design, in which material and cultural quality and a unique approach to projects formulate new aesthetic dimensions in relation to the product.