Sunday, 18 September 2011


Despite the progress on site I decided to stop posting images, as the completion date is now near. I think it is time to put a veil over the museum and hopefully take it off in March 2012, posting the first images of the Museum completed.
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Thursday, 23 June 2011

22 JUNE 2011

This month from site I chose only two pictures that I believe they faithfully portray the progress so far.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

18 MAY 2011

After 25 long months on site the roof installation has eventually begun and the bright yellow curved surface is now gently invading the site. The roof team is doing an amazing, painstaking job, considering that around mid-day the temperature measured over the water-membrane reached almost 50 degrees.

Progress inside the Gallery

A late afternoon roof walk-around inspection with Fabio Camorani, the project's structural engineer from Politecnica.

Barrisol structure being installed.

Monday, 18 April 2011

18 April 2011

Facade now complete with the last panels showing the frit gradient. Courtesy of Giada at Teleya.

7 April 2011

Few good things happened on site in the meanwhile, the most relevant being the installation of the first aluminium extrusion that will eventually form the roof's skin. It's a delicate, bespoke, time consuming process but the presence of a yellow strip crossing the building has marked another day to remember.

This person happens to be one of the most talended surveyors around, and when he is not busy travelling the world he cross-checks that the aluminiums strips are actually fixed according to the 3D data in the original file via GPS.

Underfloor heating/ cooling completed.

On-site filing efficiency

Last but not least....the most special girl on site. Giada, besides being an Architect working for Teleya, she is part of the technical team that engineered many facade's details and continuously monitors the facade's construction on site. Thank you Giada...

Monday, 28 March 2011

24 MARCH 2011

The double curved glass facade is now 80% complete as the majority of the double-glazed panels have been fixed onto the pre-tensioned steel cables. The glass panels with the frit will be soon installed and the silicone joints will eventually make the facade weatherproof.
From inside the Gallery the view over the Ferrari House is just amazing, faithful to the original task of keeping the old building always visually available from inside the new building, from every angle. Vice versa from inside the Ferrari House the presence of the sweeping facade is a constant, reassuring presence.

Friday, 7 January 2011

18 DECEMBER 2010

Despite sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow falls December marked one of the most crucial phases for the Gallery, as the 28, 30mm diameter steel cables were installed and pre-tensioned. The procedure was complex and very delicate as the pre-tensioning sequence meant applying a 60% of the maximum load following a symmetrical pattern, in order to avoid any unwanted deformation of the steel frame. Subsequently the cables were tensioned to 100% max load. It's basically like tuning the strings of a giant guitar to perfection.