Ricorre oggi il 431° anniversario della morte di Bianca Cappello, nobildonna veneziana prima amante e poi moglie di Francesco I de’Medici, deceduto solo a poche ore di distanza da lei, nel 1587. La morte così ravvicinata dei due coniugi ha lasciato adito a sospetti e leggende. Studi recenti, condotti su alcuni resti di Bianca, nella chiesetta di Bonistallo, e di Francesco hanno trovato sia tracce di arsenico che di malaria: non è dunque ancora possibile affermare con sicurezza la causa della loro morte.
📷 Nella foto, la scala che collega il cosiddetto appartamento di Bianca Cappello con gli appartamenti maschili, allora riservati a Francesco I, al primo piano. 🌍 Today there are 431 years from the death of Bianca Cappello, a Venetian noblewoman first mistress, then the wife of Francesco the 1st de’Medici, who died few hours before her, in 1587. The close death of the newlyweds left space for suspects and legends. Recent studies, conducted over Bianca’s rests, into the little church of Bonistallo, and over Francesco’s ones found out both traces of arsenic and malaria: it hasn’t been possible yet to prove for sure their cause of death. 📷 In picture, the staircase connecting the so called Bianca's apartment to male rooms on the first floor.
Location: Tuborg Havnevej, 2900 Hellerup, Denmark
Area: 25000.0 m2
Project year: 2017
Danish studio CEBRA has redesigned a science centre in Copenhagen, adding a shimmering copper-clad staircase that represents the structure of a DNA strand.
A stacked configuration of staggered rectilinear volumes that are offset from a brick plinth expresses the various functions of the internal programme.
The brick base was preserved from the original building, providing a tangible representation of the connection between past and future, as well as between natural science and engineering.
The upper volumes are clad with lightweight aluminium panels featuring a perforated pattern based on the way air and fluid behave when they encounter resistance.
Another element intended to reaffirm the building's scientific remit is the dramatic copper-clad Helix staircase, which is located just inside the entrance and can be seen by passersby on the street.
"The staircase ensures a good internal flow and creates coherence between the floors," said Nielsen. "At the same time, it substantiates the building's scientific focus."
"During a workshop with Jakob Bohr, professor at DTU Nanotech, we were inspired to work with the stairs as an abstract version of the DNA strand's structure," the architect continued. "And so, the idea for the Helix staircase was born."