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Anna Merci - Folded line, 2021

  • Anna Merci - Folded line, 2021

  • Anna Merci - Folded line, 2021

  • Anna Merci - Folded line, 2021

Anna Merci - Folded line, 2021

Genoa, Italy

Architects: Anna Merci Architecture

Client: INTERNI Magazine, Fondazione Renzo Piano

Project team: Anna Merci Architecture in in collaboration with Fondazione Renzo Piano
Design team: Anna Merci

Photographer: Saverio Lombardi Vallauri, Anna Merci

The exhibition “Archive tells its history —The books of the Renzo Piano Foundation” displays the eleven books published by the Renzo Piano Foundation. Just like folding the corner of a significant page in your favorite book, the exhibition extends in the elongated space of the lobby following a timeline that goes through the work by Renzo Piano. 

The folded line is made up of eleven modules placed side by side for a length of 22 meters, while the width and inclination of the fold are created by the features of the exhibits themselves. The anthracite-colored surface engages in a dialogue with the metal elements of the hall and the veining of the marble. 
Conceived from the beginning to have a second life, once the exhibition was over, part of the installation has now become permanent in the Gio Ponti Architecture Library, part of the Leonardo Campus of the Milan Polytechnic.