Milano Statale installation in ETFE, Fuorisalone 2016 – Invisible Borders

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Data: April 2016

Info: ETFE Installation, Milano Design week

Interpreting the theme proposed by Interni, the MAD Architects studio designed an installation made of ETFE produced by P.A.T.I., located on the east side of the courtyard of honor.

The setting changes the perception of space: the distance between the translucent surface and the facade is not constant but dynamic, based on a controlled but fluid design, a play of moving surfaces.

The polymer veil also represents an artistic gesture, as well as an architectural one, as Insnon follows logic and functional forms, but seems to be shaped by natural elements such as the force of the wind or the flow of water. And it is precisely the wind that, crossing it, generates an unexpected and unique sound. The new front of the facade, thus obtained, reflects the shades of the sky in the daytime, leaving the colonnades and loggias visible.

At night it becomes a luminous surface that brings the court to life with new colors. The ETFE veil starts from the classic lines of the porch and ends with a free form typical of the contemporary era. The project starts from an interpretation of the past to achieve a crystallization of the present.

The installation represents a plastic gesture that breaks the perfect balance of the Courtyard of Honor, but also a filter through which to reinterpret the historical forms of the building.

Photographs by Moreno Maggi

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