A new exhibition organised by Permasteelisa in collaboration with IN/ARCH traces the evolution of modern architecture through eight projects built over a 40-year period.

The exhibition, which launched on 7 June will be open till 23 November, and is also available online on a dedicated website complete with pictures, videos, technical drawings and relevant information about the eight featured buildings (www.permasteelisagroup.com/shape).

‘Shape! Bringing Architecture to Life’ is being held at the Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, the Venetian seat of the Permasteelisa Group.

Considered among the most important in Permasteelisa Group’s history, the eight featured projects include Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai, PRC; Hearst Tower and Eight Spruce Street in New York, USA; HQ in Abu Dhabi, UAE; Porta Nuova Garibaldi in Milan, Italy; The Shard in London, UK; and De Rotterdam in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The dedicated website features these projects with photo posters, information panels, technical drawings and three-dimensional models, which describe the technology and construction techniques implemented for the façades.

Permasteelisa collaborated with IN/ARCH, the Italian National Institute of Architecture on the exhibition. IN/ARCH curated the scientific part and emphasised the cultural importance of the exhibition to focus on the important role played by the building envelope in the evolution of modern architecture and in particular of tall buildings. The Curtain Wall is one of the ‘Fundamentals’ chosen by Rem Koolhaas for his Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, which also features an example of a curtain wall designed and built by the Permasteelisa Group.