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Marble at the heart of Islamic architecture

by Zuerita
Marble at the heart of Islamic architecture

Much has been written and said about marble – it is well known for its beautiful aesthetics and can be used to fulfil a multitude of installations when it comes to the building industry. But there are some remarkable companies who have found a way to use marble in combination with innovative technological advances to achieve a look and feel that go well beyond expectation, and this is the case with Vicenza-based Margraf.

They have pulled off another astounding design feature, thanks to a blend of marble (a unique and eternal material), futuristic CNC processing technology and artisan attention to detail. The result is the new Irek mosque on the Kremlevskaya embankment in Kazan, in the Republic of Tatarstan (Russia).

The walls are covered with curved, finely inlaid slabs of Margraf Bianco Sivec marble, from the only Macedonian quarry with “the whitest marble in the world”.

Interior cladding uses algorithms

The building was designed by architect Evgeny Bolotny and its main distinguishing feature is the distinctive interior cladding. The walls are covered with curved, finely inlaid slabs of Margraf Bianco Sivec marble, from the only Macedonian quarry with “the whitest marble in the world”.

Producing the marble cladding presented a tough challenge for Margraf on the design and technology fronts. In order to ensure that the materials fitted together perfectly on the curved walls, the inlaid floral patterns were cut diagonally using extremely precise algorithm-based calculations and cutting-edge machinery.

Having spent more than a century working alongside top architects on prestigious projects in Italy and across the globe, Margraf has become an icon of quintessential Italian excellence worldwide. Its exquisite marble has gone down in the history of international architecture and made a mark that will last through the ages.

The building was designed by architect Evgeny Bolotny and its main distinguishing feature is the distinctive interior cladding.

Technical characteristics

  • Location: Kazan, Russia, 2018.
  • Designer: Evgeny Bolotny.
  • Total surface area: 500m².
  • Polished, inlaid curved cladding: 110m².
  • High relief decorations: 101m².
  • Other features: Columns, capitals and archivolts.

Margraf marbles used:

  • Bianco Sivec (the main material, used for the background on the inlaid panels and in the high relief decorations, columns, capitals and archivolts).
  • Inlaid floral decorations: Verde Imperiale, Verde Giada, Azul Macaubas, Blu Bahia, Giallo Siena, Onice Giallo, Onice Rosa, Arancio di Selva, Rosa Sabrina, Rosa Portogallo, Rosa Peralba, Rosso Levanto and Nero Marquinia.

The end-result is spectacular and should encourage architects and specifiers to embrace technology when using specialised materials to build structures that will mesmerize its visitors and continue to be inviting for designers who are inspired to achieve similar results going forward.

Acknowledgement and thanks go to www.margraf.it for the information contained in this article.

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