Under the guidance of the great architectural historian and critic, Fulvio Irace, the book presents the most notable buildings in the world of the last 25 years. The common thread uniting all the buildings mentioned is the use of marble.
The AT&T building in New York by Philip C. Johnson, considered the most important example of post-Modernism, and the Cymbalista Sinagogue in Tel Aviv by Mario Botta are just two examples of buildings built and decorated with marble in its most diverse forms, from the noblest, such as the white marble of Carrara, to the stones most exploited in the past, like Scabas Travertine, Pietra Serena, Ceppo di Grè, and many others, all of which have a special force and appeal, confirming the ancient, yet always current harmony between stone and architecture. The Marble Architectural Award was conceived in 1985 on the initiative of Internazionale Marmi e Macchine Carrara, one of the most important international trade fairs in the sector: the award-according to a characteristic trait of many of Italy’s entrepreneurs-should be interpreted as a generous cultural surplus, a quantum leap forward in the architectural world, with the aim of encouraging people to learn about and use marble by recognizing its best interpretations. Beyond the strict market logic, therefore, the award stems from the realization that the use of certain techniques or materials is vital for building a sort of creative consensus, which can open up the path towards new uses and performance on the cutting edge.