Bank or Gallery?
Can a bank, the place where for excellence there isn’t any kind of space for feelings, for beauty and for that sensation of deep wellness that only art can transmit, transform and appear almost as an avant-garde art gallery? Well yes, it happened and we aren’t talking about New York nor Berlin. It happened in Padova, in the middle of the north east where companies and
banks are synonymous of productivity and efficiency.
The new seat of the family bank office of Mediolanum bank of Padova just magically turned out in an artwork to see, to live and to contemplate. The foresight this time overbeared on the
arid coldness of numbers and the leaders of the bank committed the restructuration to the “Corà studio & partner” and the artistic project to Marco Nereo Rotelli. We recommend you to
see the result with your own eyes because the scenic effect obtained through a serie of wonderful devices, as the lights, as the works located in the Place where the bank faces, as the mosaic’s frontage, is really unique. A silo of light acts as the spine of the building, a luminous column of the most beautiful words dedicated to Padua, the same ones that light up at night square Bussolin … reminding them mean living them. The restoration ofthe building, carried out by the Corà & Partners study has been a wise job of building recovery and was able to create a new identity in a degraded urban area. The facade of the first Palace artist in Italy is covered with Trend mosaics. The company, specialized in the production of glass mosaics and gold, covered the entire facade of the building, the protagonist of the project, with Glamour, hand cut stained glass with inserts in yellow gold that faithfully reproduce the design of Rotelli. The cards, provided specifically for the project in Padua, was characterized by the
deep blue color that recalls the colors of the credit institution and refers to the concept of infinity. The absolute novelty of the project determines the definition of the First Palace artist. It Helps the appearance of the square, from whatever direction you arrive, reveals only the last facade, thus increasing the visual effect of the whole. In addition, the square was designed as a theatrical backdrop with three symbolic elements of great visual impact. The first
is a bull, which represents the Strenght, a sphere for the reason and a light for the feeling. All the works are made of Carrara marble, extracted from the “Cave dell’ altissimo”, the ones that
Michelangelo himself pointed to be the ones with the most beautiful marble. In addition to the theatrical effect of union between the arts – sculpture and architecture are intertweaved in the created urban scenario – the workplace becomes a place of exhibition of works of art of exceptional artists: Andy Wharrol, Keith Harring, Mario Schifano, Bepi Santomaso. The minimalist style of the interior and the choice of a light helped the idea to invest in
an area rich in works of art. A journey of the mind in a building where the mind is applied to the economy of the investment.
But it is wise, it’s nice to think that there is a cultural investment that allows you to savor the beauty and know that things change and a space destined for oblivion reborns and brings to mind the light. So what wasn’t expected, happened in Padova.
by Matteo Tornielli