Adelaide architecture students to design monument to Italian immigrants

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<i>Paduli Gateway</i> by Azmina Azli and Michael List.

Paduli Gateway by Azmina Azli and Michael List. Image: Azmina Azil and Michael List

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<i>Paduli Gateway</i> by Azmina Azli and Michael List.

Paduli Gateway by Azmina Azli and Michael List. Image: Azmina Azil and Michael List

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<i>Paduli Gateway</i> by Azmina Azli and Michael List.

Paduli Gateway by Azmina Azli and Michael List. Image: Azmina Azil and Michael List

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<i>Paduli Gateway</i> by Azmina Azli and Michael List.

Paduli Gateway by Azmina Azli and Michael List. Image: Azmina Azil and Michael List

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Two architecture students from the University of Adelaide have won a design competition for a monument in Italy, which will celebrate Italian immigrants who have made a home in Adelaide. 

The winning design, by Azmina Azli and Michael List, comprises a series of interlocking rectilinear frames that will be constructed on a prominent roundabout that leads to the town of Paduli in the Italian region of Campania. Construction is set to begin at the end of 2018.

In a design statement, the designers said, “The Paduli Gateway represents the connection between Italy and Australia. Its form consists of a series of connected doorways that directly faces Adelaide, reflecting the themes of immigration and journeys.

Paduli Gateway by Azmina Azli and Michael List. Image:  Azmina Azil and Michael List

“The connection between the two countries is reinforced through the use of Italian concrete and Australian corten steel. Both materials are also hard-wearing and cheap to construct. A tessellating pattern of Australia is laser cut into the corten steel doorways.”

“The sculptural form of the monument balances the clear symbology of the doorway with a striking, intertwining aesthetic that creates an icon for the town of Paduli.”

Paduli Gateway by Azmina Azli and Michael List. Image:  Azmina Azil and Michael List

The competition sought designs for a monument mark the significant numbers of Italian immigrants settled in and around Adelaide in the mid-20th Century. Italian immigrants are the largest group from a non-English speaking background in South Australia. Paduli has a sister city relationship with the City of Campbelltown, north-east of Adelaide’s CBD.

The competition was organized by the Paduli and Friends Committee. Azli and List will travel to Paduli for the unveiling of the monument next year.


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