Two Union Square – Seattle
A magnificent work created to redevelop a building in downtown Seattle. Designed by two major architectural firms in the States, Nbbj and Architectural Stone and Tile, and completed in 2019. The project saw the collaboration of Poggi Bros in the supply and processing of the 3D Roman Travertine “Great Wall” project as well as curved cladding surfaces around the building. Today the construction hosts Apple’s Inc. offices.
The inspiration of the great wall made out of Roman Travertine comes from the naturalistic beauties of the Pacific Northwest area. The curved and sinuous element recreates its spectacular gorges sculpted by water and rivers, while in the central element, created through travertine polygons, its continuous tectonic vivacity echoes, which creates ripples of great expressive power.
The Great Wall of Seattle was created by working and numbering one by one over 1.650 pieces of Roman Travertine in correspondence with a detailed architectural project that was presented to us in our Tivoli offices. Here all the stone cutting and processing works were carried out and the first Mock-Ups of the structure were tested to evaluate the projects feasibility, stability and aesthetic impact.
Many and of great importance were the challenges that made this wonderful and innovative work possible. On the technical side, a 3D curved mosaic in vein match Roman Travertine was realized, through the continious kerf technique. In order to successfully create this project we had to pay attention to every single detail and construct part of this wall in our laboratories to guarantee its realisation.
Our Roman Travertine was chosen for its silent but eloquent expressiveness, which recalls nature in all of its magnificence.