Los Angeles, USA

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Welcome to a world of dreams where the sphere is perfection and gold is a symbol of no boundaries.

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The largest museum in the world dedicated to cinema is born in Los Angeles, California. In the heart of Miracle Mile, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will turn the neighborhood into a cultural district in the city and a destination for film lovers and scholars from all around the world.

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The architectural project was curated by the Renzo Piano Workshop Building studio, which designed two edifices: The Sphere and the Saban Building.

The first is a glass spherical structure containing a theater and a terrace with a panoramic view of the iconic Hollywood Hills.

The Saban Building – originally built in 1939 and known as May Company Building – preserves the historical profile of its façade in 24 carat gold leaf mosaic, produced in the historical furnace Orsoni Venezia 1888 just as the original tesserae.

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In late 2017 a huge restructuring and extension intervention begun, including a critical, detailed process to restore the 350,000 gold tesserae covering the iconic cylindrical façade marking out the former May Company building.

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To bring the tesserae back to their 1930s glory, the Academy Museum decided to turn to the first, original suppliers of gold glass mosaic: Orsoni Venezia 1888.

In ninety years of history, the gold mosaics handmade by the historical, Venetian furnace have been damaged and replaced, in 1968 and 1991, with modern machine-made tiles.

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These new tesserae were not 24 carat gold, as well as completely uniform and regular while the original hand-made tesserae by Orsoni Venezia 1888 have a different surface texture. Each one is hand-made and unique in the world, in shape, size, color and light.

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Today, thanks to Orsoni Venezia 1888 the iconic cylinder of the former May Company building shines in its original golden luster.

Los Angeles, USA

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Welcome to a world of dreams where the sphere is perfection and gold is a symbol of no boundaries.

W

 

The largest museum in the world dedicated to cinema is born in Los Angeles,
California. In the heart of Miracle Mile, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will turn the neighborhood into a cultural district in the city and a destination for film lovers and scholars from all around the world.

W

 

The architectural project was curated by the Renzo Piano Workshop Building studio, which designed two edifices: The Sphere and the Saban Building.

The first is a glass spherical structure containing a theater and a terrace with a panoramic view of the iconic Hollywood Hills.

The Saban Building – originally built in 1939 and known as May Company Building – preserves the historical profile of its façade in 24 carat gold leaf mosaic, produced in the historical furnace Orsoni Venezia 1888 just as the original tesserae.

W

 

In late 2017 a huge restructuring and extension intervention begun, including a critical, detailed process to restore the 350,000 gold tesserae covering the iconic cylindrical façade marking out the former May Company building.

W

 

To bring the tesserae back to their 1930s glory, the Academy Museum decided to turn to the first, original suppliers of gold glass mosaic: Orsoni Venezia 1888.
In ninety years of history, the gold mosaics handmade by the historical, Venetian furnace have been damaged and replaced, in 1968 and 1991, with modern machine-made tiles.

W

 

These new tesserae were not 24 carat gold, as well as completely uniform and regular while the original hand-made tesserae by Orsoni Venezia 1888 have a different surface texture. Each one is hand-made and unique in the world, in shape, size, color and light.

W

 

Today, thanks to Orsoni Venezia 1888 the iconic cylinder of the former May Company building shines in its original golden luster.