Part ceramics factory, part ceramics funhouse, the Solimene Factory in Vietri sul Mare, Italy was built in 1954 by famed architect Paolo Soleri.
Soleri’s bold design for the building incorporates a facade of ceramic elements set alongside glass. The large windows flood the building with natural light while the ceramic cones promote the factory’s products. The building serves a variety of functions. It’s a residential space, factory and showroom all in one. The interior is tied together by a spiral ramp, which allows clay to travel downward through the various stages of production into the gift shop below.
Soleri, who died in 2013 at the age of 93, was born in Turin. He studied architecture at the Politecnico di Torino in 1946. That same year he began a fellowship with Frank Lloyd Wright. Among his architectural work, Soleri and his wife Colly were involved in research in urban planning. They founded Arcosanti foundation to test urban design theories.
Above image: The Solimene Ceramic Factory by architect Paolo Soleri.
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Inside Solimene Ceramic Factory. Video courtesy of Franco Di Capua.