Marco Ginoulhiac

Marco Ginoulhiac (Bergamo, 1971) is an Italian architect with a passion for toys. In parallel with his teaching activity, over the years he has been investigating the relationship between play and the architectural design action on which he has taught, written texts and organized meetings. He periodically posts on his blog http://architoys.blogspot.com.

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  • Concordances game
    9.50
    This game is designed to understand concordant geometries (surfaces delimited by concordant lines). Concordant lines are joined lines, curves or straight, where it is not possible to detect the point of union. The game is made by 60 pieces manufactured by high quality colored cardboard that con be used by all the ages in order to develop concentration, association, manual skill and imagination through the creation of bi-dimensional compositions. Developed by the artist Elvira Leite and the architect Marco Ginoulhiac.
  • Contrasts game
    15.50
    “One Extremely old rule of visual communication is that of simultaneous contrast whereby the neighborhood of two opposing forms enhances and fit together the communication" Bruno Munari. It can be played as a memory game – Finds out and combines pairs of cards that make a contrast, or as a stories game – finds a card and tells a story. Or just used as a educational device approaching opposing concepts in a free conversation or narrative. Developed by the artist Elvira Leite and the architect Marco Ginoulhiac. Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 3 cm
  • Puzzle Amsterdam
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    The General Expansion Plan (Algemeen Uitbreidingsplan, or AUP) is an urban plan for the Dutch city of Amsterdam drawn up in 1934 by the architect Cornelis van Eesteren. Based on the previous plan, the Zuid Plan of 1915, by Hendrik Petrus Berlage, the AUP regulated the expansion of the city due to the strong population growth that had occurred since the end of the 19th century. Following a defined “survey before plan” strategy, Van Eesteren based the design process on empirical research founded on demographic and economic statistics, but also on the built heritage, industrial development, and on the city traffic. Minimal urban units were defined, and housing, the most important element, was articulated with public spaces, commercial facilities and a transport network, following the functionalist principle of dedicating each space to a specific function: living, working and leisure. These units were grouped together in districts that shared larger-scale services such as large parks and public facilities. Number of pieces: 540 Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28cm
  • Puzzle Barcelona
    19.20
    This high quality puzzle reproduce the plan drawn in 1859 by the city planner Ildefons Cerdà (1815-1876) for the improvement and enlargement of Barcelona. Until the XIX century the growing city was hemmed in by the ancient walls with overcrowded housing and health problems. The city density was, at the time, one of the highest in Europe. Today is still clearly visible the focus that Cerdá given to create the main infrastructure in order to design a wellbeing city whit a large and regular road network which could be at the base of virtually endless territorial development. The “chamfered corners”, that are typical Barcelona marks, allowed the city growing during more than a century without changing it’s main character. Number of pieces: 540 Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28 cm
  • Puzzle Berlin
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    This map was drawn in 1896 by Julius Straube, a military cartographer who founded the Geographischen Instituts und Landkartenverlag that published, between 1858 and 1913, several thematic maps of the city of Berlin. Among these, is a map with bus lines (1864), postal districts (1873), taxi circulation areas (1884), in addition to a general plan of the city (1910), extremely detailed and divided into 44 sheets.

    The Monumental Map of the Capital was published for the Industrial Exhibition of 1896, where the splendor of advances in the country, which at the time was at the height of technological progress, was evident.

    On the map you can find the railway lines, tram lines, steam train lines, and horse-drawn wagon lines, in addition to the most relevant buildings in the capital. Some monuments are depicted in vignettes arranged around the map where, in the lower right corner, it is possible to observe the exhibition area identified as "Gewerbeausstellung 1896".

    Number of pieces: 540 Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28cm
  • Puzzle Firenze
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    The Topographical Plan of Florence, designed by Gaetano Auzzani, engraved by Giacinto Maina and edited by Giovanni Berni in 1850 is a tribute of high quality to the "very deserving gonfalonier of the city of Florence" Vincenzo Peruzzi. Peruzzi was the last gonfalonier of Florence, an important political figure with high military, administrative and religious powers common in Tuscan cities, and he left many finished works to the city. Perhaps this is the reason for there being, on both sides of the map, an extensive and organized list of buildings with various information: the area where they are located, the name, the state of construction, the author and the era. In the first lines of the list on the left there is also an indication of the three circles of walls that were built from 775 onwards. The plan is organized with a chromatic convention that divides the buildings of worship, the public buildings, the private buildings, the most significant buildings and, with the use of a brown line, shows the division of the city into terzieri, an administrative subdivision into three neighborhoods of the time. Number of pieces: 540 Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28cm
  • Puzzle Lisboa
    19.20
    This high quality puzzle reproduce a city map of Lisbon drawn in 1833 by the architect W. B. Clarke for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (UK) and published on an atlas by Baldwin & Cradock. The SDUK was founded in 1826 by Lord Henry Brougham, a british statesman that believed in the promotion of self-education and the disclosure of the knowledge for the working classes as for the bourgeoisie that could not make use of experienced teachers. The SDUK publications were dealing with useful subjects as history, geography, zoology in an easy way to support those who had just learned to read to improve their reading skills and knowledge. Among several publications, the SDUK published some extraordinarily detailed atlas. At the time there was nothing like that anywhere in the world for its quality and price. Number of pieces: 540 Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28 cm
  • Puzzle London
    19.20
    John Tallis's Illustrated Plan of London and its Environs stands as an exquisite and very detailed map, showcasing the magnificence of the United Kingdom's capital. Crafted by the skilled hands of John Rapkin and brought to life through the renowned English cartographic publisher John Tallis, this map is a testament to precision and elegance. Encompassing the heart of London are 48 city views, each extending from Hammersmith in the west to the landscapes of Cricklewood, Hampstead, Stamford Hill, Leytonstone, Greenwich, Peckham, Battersea Rise, and Parson's Green, creating a visual symphony of urban charm. The myriad of colors serves as a vivid palette, delineating borough boundaries, roads, streets, city blocks, buildings, landmarks, parks, and various places of interest. This map celebrates London's grandeur. Commissioned to mark the Great Exhibition of Industry of All Nations in 1851, hosted in the verdant Hyde Park and orchestrated by the visionary minds of Henry Cole and Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria. The opening day witnessed a gathering of over 2500 of the global elite, elevating it to one of the most pivotal events of the XIX Century. Number of pieces: 540 Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28cm
  • Puzzle Madrid
    19.20
    This high quality puzzle reproduce a city map of Madrid drawn in 1833 by the architect W. B. Clarke for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (UK) and published on an atlas by Baldwin & Cradock. The SDUK was founded in 1826 by Lord Henry Brougham, a british statesman that believed in the promotion of self-education and the disclosure of the knowledge for the working classes as for the bourgeoisie that could not make use of experienced teachers. The SDUK publications were dealing with useful subjects as history, geography, zoology in an easy way to support those who had just learned to read to improve their reading skills and knowledge. Among several publications, the SDUK published some extraordinarily detailed atlas. At the time there was nothing like that anywhere in the world for its quality and price. Number of pieces: 540 Dimensions: 35x50 cm Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28 cm
  • Puzzle Milano
    19.20
    Published in 1870 and entitled "Milan as it is nowadays", this map was on sale in the shop of the cartographer Luigi Ronchi, at number 4 of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Very detailed and divided into districts, identified with different colors, it shows a list of the streets on the left and, on the right, the main "establishments" and their location. Among these are administrative buildings, archives, libraries, emporiums, schools and colleges, theaters, and barracks. There is also a short text that explains the functioning of the Gates and their relationship with the payment of duties. Some buildings are represented through their elevation with great details, while the buildings for worship are represented in plan and highlighted in red. The Ronchi map was a useful document for those visiting Milan on business and needing practical information. It shows a modern and organized city whose urban structure is still visible today through the architectural and urban elements represented here. Number of pieces: 540 Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28cm
  • Puzzle Paris
    19.20
    Designed by the abbot Jean Delagrive (1689-1757) in 1728, this map of Paris shows the French capital still surrounded by fields and whose center is not yet entirely built. In the title block in the top right corner we can read the title and the author’s name. All around, we can see various figures such as the Pity and the Justice and, below, Minerva, Neptune, Mercure and Venus. On the left there is a portrait of the king Louis XV, then 18-year-old, and the author’s dedication. Around the map, Delagrive designed the façade of certain famous buildings such as the palais du Louvre, the Sorbonne, the Hôpital des Invalides and the church of Notre Dame. On the two sides one can find the alphabetical list of the streets, churches and buildings represented on the map. Delagrive’s was the first map to show the freshly built Champs-Élysées and the first map which could be bought by the public. Number of pieces: 540 Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28cm
  • Puzzle Porto
    19.20
    This high quality puzzle reproduce a city map of Oporto drawn in 1833 by the architect W. B. Clarke for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (UK) and published on an atlas by Baldwin & Cradock. The SDUK was founded in 1826 by Lord Henry Brougham, a british statesman that believed in the promotion of self-education and the disclosure of the knowledge for the working classes as for the bourgeoisie that could not make use of experienced teachers. The SDUK publications were dealing with useful subjects as history, geography, zoology in an easy way to support those who had just learned to read to improve their reading skills and knowledge. Among several publications, the SDUK published some extraordinarily detailed atlas. At the time there was nothing like that anywhere in the world for its quality and price. Number of pieces: 540 Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28cm

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