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Black Dog Publishing Spring 2022

Creating Coromandel: Marco Zanuso in South Africa
By (author): Edna Peres By (author): Andrea Zamboni
Edna Peres , Andrea Zamboni


Artifice Press



Product Form:

May 31, 2022
$44.95 CAD


9.4in x 6.7 x 0.8 in | 580 gr

Page Count:

208 pages
Artifice Press
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Residential
Great buildings are those that ignite the imagination and elevate us beyond reality, and by those standards, Coromandel House in South Africa is truly a masterpiece. This unique farmhouse, which sits in a spectacular valley in Lydenburg, 275kms north-east of Pretoria, was built in 1975 and has since developed a cult following for its unusual aesthetic part building, part ruin, part wilderness inspiring anyone with an interest in building within a natural context. It is something explored by Creating Coromandel: Marco Zanuso in South Africa. Coromandel House was designed by the Milanese architect Marco Zanuso (1916-2001), who was commissioned by the South African fashion retailer Sydney Arnold Press (1919-97) and Press's wife Victoria de Luria Press (1927-2015). They met in 1969, and their shared design passions sparked a decade-long partnership that yielded not only Coromandel House, a structure on the Press family's vast farm, but also Edgardale (1978), their business headquarters. Creating Coromandel explores the association between the clients, the architect and prominent personalities, including photographers David Goldblatt (1930-2018) and Margaret Courtney-Clarke (born 1949), German-born architect Steffen Ahrends (1907-1992), Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) and Italian landscape architect Pietro Porcinai (1910-1986).Through impressive photos, sketches and testimonials, this monograph narrates and records an unknown period in Zanuso's portfolio. He designed small-scale products (in the field of industrial design) as well as large-scale architecture (warehousing for IBM and Olivetti) but, with Coromandel House, Zanuso competently mediated both scales. Creating Coromandel documents Zanuso?s extraordinary responses to landscape and his sensational interiors, but also offers a glimpse into the design process and amount of collaboration it involves. For fans of Coromandel it provides a single reference source; for architects, designers, historians, photographers and anyone interested in design and architecture it provides an inspirational story behind the process of building a legacy.

Based in Portugal but having started her career in South Africa, Edna Peres completed her Masters in Architecture at the University of Pretoria in 2005 followed by an intensive period in professional practice and lecturing at the Universities of Pretoria and Johannesburg in South Africa. In 2016 she completed her PhD in Architecture on the topic of urban resilience based on ecologically regenerative theories. She is the recipient of the Neill Powell Neill academic award for post-graduate studies and makes her debut as an architectural author with this publication. She is a curious researcher with a particular interest in obscure buildings, architectural heritage and cultural landscapes. Combining architecture practicing with research, Andrea Zamboni studied at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio and at the FAF in Ferrara where he graduated with the supervision of Peter Zumthor and the historian Vittorio Savi. His Ph.D. from the University of Bologna is complimented by a scientific qualification as Associate Professor, and he is Adjunct professor of Architectural Design at the University of Parma. Continuing the dual practicing and theoretical approach, he collaborated with the offices of Guido Canali and Nicola di Battista, and he was part of the Study Centre of Domus magazine. Author of many publications, he co-founded ZAA Zamboni Associati Architettura, an architecture atelier based in Italy recipient of international recognitions such as the Honourable Mention of Piranesi Award for Chiostri di San Pietro regeneration project.

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