In Between Stone and Air: Center for Marcel Marble Promotion

  • Iroha Ito, M.Arch. 2015
  • Hometown Toyohashi, Japan
  • Class ARCH 4102/5116 Design VI: Option Studio (spring 2014)
  • Instructor Francisco Mangado
    Ruben Labiano

The project is located at Marcel Marble Quarries in the Sierra of the Southern Spanish province of Almeria. The quarries have been left untouched after years of extraction of marble blocks — earth — for human needs. Negotiating spatial territories between the landscape and the air, the Marble Center leads visitors and artists into a "slit" and down to the main hall that cantilevers over the steps of marble-scape. Abandoned marble blocks found on the site are replaced in the main space as structure and as homage. They were once earth, but disconnected by human. They are quietly sitting there to provoke the history of the quarries.