Palazzo delle Api
luserna granite, 160x144x144cm, 2018
Collection Fondazione La Raia
Palazzo delle Api is a sculpture, a monument as well as an architecture for incects.
Unité d'habitation for 2300 pollinating insects it was mostly designed to satisfy the pollinators housing needs and integrate to the environment of a biodynamic agricultural complex of the Gavi area in Italy.
Commissioned by Fondazione la Raia and curated by Ilaria Bonacossa, the site specific project developped within 2 years with a long research and development phase. The Luserna stone making 100% of the material is coming from the Piemonte region of la Raia domain and is widely used for local architecture tho it was never experimented as insect architecture. About 2000 holes of different diameters have been drilles on the edges of the stones slabs, allowing insects of different species to accomodate (like wild bees, bumble bees, mason bees, lady bugs...)
The inverted pyramid shape allows for each storey to be protected from the rain wihile defying gravity's laws.