WITH LIGHT INSIDE
It all begins with a man, Isidoro Caoduro, a 250 square meter laboratory in the center of Vicenza, a flat tire, and a salesman for an English company. The meeting makes Isidoro discover the many characteristics of plastic, which he decides to exploit to start a new business. It is 1951 and our story begins.
Isidoro Caoduro together with his sons Carlo and Paolo moved the headquarters, expanding the production area to over 2500 square meters and founding F.lli Caoduro SnC. Since the 1960s we have been introducing modular monobloc skylights on the roofs of industrial plants, lighting the underlying rooms sustainably and naturally. A "green" side that distinguishes us and that we will not abandon.
A period of great emotions awaited us: at the end of the seventies our new plants came to life and the company became a joint-stock company. We are increasingly becoming a reference point for the international market. We collaborate with professionals of the caliber of Renzo Piano, with whom we create curved modules in monolithic polycarbonate for the traveling exhibition of IBM.
16.000 sqm surface
The late 1980s
The largest pieces
in the world
Size matters. Between 1989 and 1990 we produce the largest pieces in the world with over 15 square meters of extension. We are the only company able to thermoform a flat sheet in a single block while maintaining the characteristics of brightness and resistance. Large slabs thus become the protagonists of all our most ambitious projects.
For the 1990 FIFA World Cup hosted by Italy, we built the coverage of the San Paolo stadium in Naples and the Stadio Delle Alpi in Turin and a part of the Palermo stadium. A work that will highlight Caoduro products as the standard for zenithal lighting in sports and industry.
The early 90s
In the early 1990s, we expanded our leadership abroad with works such as the covered pedestrian bridge over the Moskva River, the roof of the military university of Mu’tah in Jordan, the Don Giovanni Hotel in Prague, and the Bucharest airport.
At the same time in Italy, we work on industrial structures and shopping centers producing the first smoke and heat evacuators, with a parallel work path focused on safety in industrial production plants. We get important commissions for the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, La Scala in Milan, and La Fenice in Venice.
The late 90s
and making known
In 1987 we created the "Andrea Palladio" Prize managing to host more than 68 countries and 680 works created during the fifth and last edition in 1993 which hosted Queen Nur of Jordan as the guest of honor and the President of the Senate Giovanni Spadolini. In those years we developed a series of important international collaborations with the jurors of competitions such as Professor Francesco Dal Co, Rafael Moneo, James Stirling, and Manfredo Tafuri.
In 1997, with our contribution, the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for the commissioning of architecture was established, which awards the client of an architectural work every two years. This is the only international recognition that does not reward the architect but the client and promotes the quality of transformations in the area.
First decade 2000
We operate successfully on the national and foreign markets, confirming a primacy that is made up of recognition and credibility. We have worked on prestigious historical buildings such as the Warsaw Library and the roof of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence by installing skylights and domes on buildings. On an industrial level, we participate in the construction of the Luxottica factories and the Formula 1 circuit in Yas Marina in the United Arab Emirates.
We continue to work and study to improve ourselves, focusing our energies on the search for new materials and techniques. We hold over one hundred patents, which help increase the value of our products. The scrupulous design and the quality of the raw materials make them excellent from an aesthetic and functional point of view. In the meantime, our headquarters expands with the construction of a new computerized warehouse of about 3,000 square meters.