With respect for the tension between old and new, the revitalization project for our showroom is defined by a stair which is seemingly suspended in perfect balance within the space, independent from the slab and the walls. Meant as a connective element between two worlds, the ‘pleonastic is fantastic’ stair is at once a rising pathway and an impressive background.
The invention that the stairway
brings about is its independence from
the slab and the walls.
The idea of ‘pleonasm’ is celebrated, or redundancy, as the pleonastic elements of the work — namely, the floating stair — are not structurally necessary. The supportive strut is, in turn, a redundant moment, explicitly showing that the invention that the stairway brings about is its independence from the slab and the walls. The stair rises out of the new concrete ground plane, which, together with its perimeter, allows a three-centimeter reveal along the walls. This subtle detail embraces the natural, rusticated crumbling of the inner walls’ surfaces.
The ‘pleonastic is fantastic’ intervention, followed and directed by AMAA Studio, results from a long and challenging restoration that revitalized the derelict building in Lonigo, Italy. The structure, an original barn from the 16th century, is characterized by thick stone walls and a timber roof truss, timber beams, and clay tiles.
The meticulous restoration involved the careful
search and the recovery of salvaged materials from
other similar local sites to be integrated
into the original roof.
The handcrafted rusty steel window fixtures and their handles of small thickness, together with the restoration of the original wooden floor, complete the conservation project. The meticulous restoration involved the careful search and recovery of salvaged materials from other similar local sites to be integrated into the original roof, enhancing the vital tension between old and new. This tension explicitly finds its final realization in the pleonastic stairway.