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Ceramics + Architecture | Ceramica Cumella

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Ceramica Cumella: Shaping Ideas
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
London, UK
29th September – 27th October, 2012

AL_A’s Amanda Levete chose to work with Barcelona’s Ceramica Cumella on her design, constructed from overlapping ceramic tiles, for Established & SonsBench Years installation at the V&A during the 2012 London Design Festival.

Among a long list of current projects, Ceramica Cumella is working with Renzo Piano on his massive Botin Arts Center Project in Spain’s Santander, slated for opening next summer, as well as with Spanish architect Enric Ruiz-Geli on the elBulli Foundation in Roses, near Gerona, also in Spain. Another important project is also underway with Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

Son of a ceramicist, Toni Cumella, after first studying industrial engineering, dedicated himself to ceramics in 1970. When his father died in 1985, he decided to focus the company, founded in 1880, towards large-scale artworks and collaborations with architects. His idea was to associate an evolved craftsmanship with serial production to re-instate its place in history and culture, and to revive the concept of  identity in a world dominated by global architectural styles. The artistic and scientific innovations – extruding, casting, pressing and revolving – developed by his company have been an inspiration to architects and artists alike and are proving that ceramics are one of the 21st century’s most versatile construction materials.

Ceramica Cumella were a natural choice for the restoration of Gaudi’s Casa Batlió and Parc Guell, which the company undertook as early major commissions, and which established its expertise in the field. There followed projects with Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue on their Parc Diagonal Mar and Parc Dels Colors, and in 2005, the astonishing Santa Caterina Market. The same year they collaborated with AZPA’s Alejandro Zaera-Polo on the Spanish Pavilion at Expo 2005 in Japan, and in 2007 worked with Jean Nouvel on Placa Sardana (Barcelona). Since then their work has taken them all over Spain, their ceramic skills used extensively in the development of surface treatments for exclusive apartment buildings, a major police headquarters, a prominent bridge, an underground railway station, university faculty buildings, a prestigious bank, but they’ve also had involvement in important projects in Portugal and also in France.

The AL_A/Ceramica Cumella bench should be considered as just a tasty hors d’oeuvre before the main course of the new V&A Café and the transformation of the courtyard areas on which the two companies are currently working.

Images from top
Pluja de Llágrimes (Raining teardrops), 2010, a permanent installation at the Teatre Lliure de Gràcia in Barcelona, Spain, created in collaboration with artist, Frederic Amat

Undulating, multi-coloured ceramic roof of Santa Caterina Market, Barcelona, Spain, 2003-4, produced with Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue. Detail and ariel view

Honey-comb tiled exterior for the Spanish Pavilion created with architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo at Aichi Expo, Japan, 2005

Exhibition curated by Mis-Architecture

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