Thanks to an integrated system of skills, Ghirardi is able to complement the natural stone creations with special works and patented systems by raising the aesthetic and performance standards of both public and private buildings.
The application of a specially reinforced stone installation, specifically designed for the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, has allowed Ghirardi to produce (through a tailor-made built machine), strengthen (with a particular substructure) and apply extremely long marble strips on exterior facades, for the first time ever.
Pure and mixed patented anchoring systems, allow the installation of stone coatings as ceilings and soffits, with a hold that is ten times better than that of traditional systems.
La Scala Opera house in Milano
From street furniture to architecture
Ghirardi is able to provide for special applications of natural stone that range from street furniture to art and architecture.
Girardi’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.
For this study, Ghirardi 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.
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Natural stone world disclosed in G1938 Italian Stone Maestro Newsletter.