stone gate by lithos design
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nov 16, 2012
stone gate by lithos design


stone gate virtual tour: a man in vitruvian position

 

 

‘stone gate’ is a piece of work designed by raffaello galiotto and presented by italian lithos design for the 100% gravity
exhibition in verona, where designers and manufacturers were asked to experiment on the field of natural stone gravity:
the circle is amazingly made of dry-laid masonry, each one weighing 5 quintals, bound together in a self-supporting
structure only through compression.

 

the public experience is a magnetic circle that raises the primitive human instinct before huge-sized works, that is,
the impulse to measure oneself, to feel hopelessly small. these sensations are further increased by rock, the essence
of natural elements, whose role is played in this case by the bardiglio vuvolato marble from carrara.

 

 


getting nearer: suspended stones seen from below

 

 

challenging the balances between mass, weight and gravity, the project measures 3,80 m high and 1,20 m deep. 
the circle is conceived with a system of 20 – 500kg modular hewn stones laid dry, combined in a 6.5 cubic meter 
structure that becomes self-supporting thanks to the state of compression given by the post-tensioning of the steel cables.

 

 


turning around it: the 3d texture

 

 


taking a closer look: the steel cables

 

 


a few steps behind: side view

 

 


curiosity around stone gate

 

 


how it was done: the custom-made centering

 

 

credits:

 

manufacturer: lithos design
designer: raffaello galiotto
engineering: alessandro serafini
partner: staminal stone

 

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