Half Void Full Moon

Piovenefabi

Monte Cantabria – Concéntrico 08

HALF VOID FULL MOON is a 3 km long path, leaving the city center of Logrono across the Stone Bridge and winding through the nearest countryside. It touches, in order of appearance: the city cemetery and crematorium, a carpet of collective orchards, scattered bushes and rocks, two hostels for peregrines with public seats, a big shed, vineyards and bushes again. A series of out-scaled flags marks the road up to the peak of Mount Cantabria –  a natural terrace overlooking the river Ebro and the city. Again, up there, we find mainly rocks and bushes, among which we find an archaeological site soon to be restored and few infrastructural monuments – most probable water tanks for the city of Logrono. On the satellite view appear some perfect circles carved out of the sand, possible traces of car drifting – tangible memories of a desired freedom. We understood Mount Cantabria as a destination for nordic walkers, quick tourists, peregrines, car drifters, bikers and ravers. With a simple act we want to formalise this destination, giving it the form of a shared inclined platform. A wooden amphitheatre supports personal experiences as collective ones. Its size allows distance, its shape assures collectivity. On it we can look at the sunset or get asleep under a carpet of stars. A simple roof provides a shelter from the weather, while an inflatable helium balloon marks the site from a distance and diffuses a gentle light over the esplanade. The half void is our way to inhabit the wilderness around Logroño.

From the city, the full moon, as a beacon, signals something is waiting uphill.

Piovenefabi

Piovenefabi is an architecture studio founded by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene, based in Milan and Brussels. The studio produces architecture, urban research, territorial visions, and public design works regardless of the size, commission, or client. When dealing with a shared context and its almost infinite interpretations, Piovenefabi believes spaces and objects can act as supports for both personal and collective experiences. The studio was part of the curatorial team of the Lisbon Architecture Triennial 2019 – The poetics of Reason with the exhibition What is Ornament?, which investigated the role of ornament in the actual architectural production. The office works have been exhibited in the following venues: Mayrit Bienal (2021), Lisbon Architecture Triennial (2019, 2016), Rotterdam Biennale (2014), Chicago Architecture Biennale (2015, 2017), Campo (2016), Frac – Orleans (2017), Maniera – Brussels (2018). The office project 5 Pavilions for 5 Parks has won the Visit Brussels Awards 2018, and has been shortlisted for the T-Young, Medaglia d’oro dell’Architettura 2018 and the Brussels Architecture Prize 2021.

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