From street furniture to architecture

From street furniture to architecture

Ghirardi Marmi is able to provide for special applications of natural stone that range from street furniture to art and architecture.

Girardi Marmi's special applications for street furniture include the supply of marble and granite slabs to the city of Merano that have been specially processed to create urban paths to facilitate safe mobility of the visually impaired and accessibility to urban services.

Numerical control technology has allowed for the creation of specific signage with key points of guidance for overcoming obstacles, intersections and turns.

In addition to fully meeting the specifications supplied by the Italian Union of the Blind and the relevant standards, these special applications have met all of the requirements for mobility, accessibility and safety without neglecting the features of resistance, practicality and aesthetical impact required by the city.

Equally interesting is the special use for the study on the stability and strength of the Palazzo Della Loggia in Brescia, an impressive historical building completed in 1574.

For this study, Ghirardi Marmi developed a natural stone 1:20 scale model of the facade. Made from Botticino marble like the building itself, and by using a method that was developed within the company, the model allowed to simulate realistic loads, study the static behaviour and analyse the possible structural failures of the entire palace, thus identifying the required strength.

The project, conducted in cooperation with Brescia University's Faculty of Engineering has led to the rise of new solutions that are now applicable both in the field of architecture in general, in the field of safety and in the retoration of historical buildings in particular.