Archetype is a project of great impact, a majestic marble architecture shaped like a parallelepiped with a square base measuring 3x3x6 with a monolithic aesthetic hiding a modular structure. The basic prototype of the installation is a block of Grolla di Chiampo, an elegant marble with a minute and compact grain but extremely resistant, left in its raw state and processed only on some faces, to represent the encounter between the material in its natural state and the project, in an ideal reference to Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini.
The name Archetype refers to the modular structure of the installation but also plays with the meaning of archetype as a primordial image: the project, in its overall aspect, evokes the same apparent simplicity of archetypes and the power of the symbols embodied by the monumental architectures from the past – such as the Inca walls, the Mayan and Egyptian pyramids, the Great Wall of China or the Castello Sforzesco itself.
Archetype is conceived as a symbol of a new perspective for the design of complex structures that AATC and the VGA studio share: a vision of the architectural project where technology and digital innovation meet in a sustainable process, effectively combining prefabrication and customization, industrial production processes and craftsmanship.
The installation makes visible the executive, logistic and manufacturing capacity of AATC, which, thanks to a deep knowledge of the production capacities of the machinery and a careful predictive analysis, was able to create and assemble in a short time a custom project that once would have required years of work.