Award-winning architectural practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has chosen Reggiani’s Ambar light fittings to illuminate their installation at the Venice Biennale, the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.
Entitled ‘Reporting from the Front ‘ the exhibition includes 88 participants from 37 countries and examines the relationship between architecture and civil society. It raises issues related to civil architecture such as segregation, inequality, the suburbs, access to sanitation, the housing shortage, migration, crime, traffic, waste, pollution and the participation of communities in city life.
Included in the exhibition is RSHP’s “Saving the City”: a review of thirty years of industrial accommodation which highlights the need for a revolution that will lead to the construction of well-designed, fast-build, and affordable industrial housing.
The Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners proposal consists of several prefabricated building solutions which have emerged over the decades as real models of sustainability and efficiency: the ‘ Zip-Up House ‘ designed in 1969; the ‘Y: Cube’ and ‘PLACE / Ladywell’ used for emergency housing in London, or the ‘Tree House’ based on volumetric technology.
Reggiani’s Ambar comes as a highly versatile pendant or track-mounted projector with a modern, transparent design that reveals the technical complexity of the control gear. The latter is fully detached from the aluminium body that houses an optical compartment integrating the IOS system. The technical and functional details on the Ambar fitting – such as the red silicone rubber adjustment control – have become part of the design, inspiring the imagination whilst making it easy to use.
Ambar was originally created and designed during the practice’s exhibition: “Richard Rogers: From the House to the City”, hosted by the Pompidou Centre in Paris. After the joint creation of the stunning Maantis fitting, Ambar is the second luminaire to come of the collaboration between Reggiani and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and it went on to be shortlisted by ADI Design Permanent Observatory for the XXII ADI Compasso d’Oro Prize.
The Ambar fitting works alongside Reggiani’s popular Yori track lighting within the exhibition and the two fittings provide the perfect combination.
“We are proud to participate with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in such a prestigious international festival as the Venice Biennale,” said Matteo Reggiani, Corporate Strategic Officer at Reggiani. “This participation confirms once again our positioning as a strategic partner for designers andindustry professionals, and this is why we constantly invest in research and technological innovation to provide advanced performances and increasingly pioneering ideas.”