Fuorisalone 2019: 12 architectural design exhibitions. The Museum by Space Encounters - Image by Space Encounters.
Fuorisalone 2019: 13 architectural design exhibitions. The Museum by Space Encounters – Image by Space Encounters.

Milan 2019 – If you think Fuorisalone is exclusively about furniture and interior you are wrong. Every year world leading architecture studios join the most influential design event of the year with eclectic projects and installations. We selected 14  architectural design exhibitions by Ingo Maurer, Tadao Ando, Pezo von Ellrichsausen, Park Associati, Snarkitecture and more…

Tadao Ando’s retrospective at Armani/Silos

Giorgio Armani and Tadao Ando - Photo by Roger Hutchings, courtesy of Giorgio Armani.
Giorgio Armani and Tadao Ando – Photo by Roger Hutchings, courtesy of Giorgio Armani.

Giorgio Armani hosts its first architecture exhibition celebrating Japanese master Tadao Ando – who designed the Maison’s museum Armani/Silos. Designed by Ando in collaboration with Centre Pompidou, the narrative journey is structured around four major themes: Primitive Shapes of Space, An Urban Challenge, Landscape Genesis, Dialogues with History. The retrospective includes over 50 projects, illustrated with sketches, original blueprints, video installations, technical drawings, travel notes and photographs taken by Ando himself.

Ingo Maurer paints Torre Velasca with blue light

"Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu "lighting installation for Torre Velasca - Image: courtesy of Ingo Maurer.
“Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu “lighting installation for Torre Velasca – Image: courtesy of Ingo Maurer.

For the second time, Ingo Maurer, Axel Schmid and Castagna Ravelli illuminate the striking high-rise Torre Velasca, a a Milanese iconic architectural landmark designed by BBPR in 1958.. Titled Nel blu dipinto di blu, the chorus of the popular Italian song ‘Volare’ (1958) the light installation is realised for Unipol and is part of Human Spaces, INTERNI Magazine’s diffused exhibition.

Conifera by Arthur Mamou-Mani for COS 

COS x Mamou Mani - Photo by Thomas Lohr models Debra Shaw Kohei landscape.
COS x Mamou Mani – Photo by Thomas Lohr models Debra Shaw Kohei landscape.

700 interlocking 3D-printed bio-bricks that extend from the courtyard of Palazzo Isimbardi out into the garden beyond compose a digitally designed and built structure by Arthur Mamou-Mani for London-based fashion brand COS. The installation combines architecture with the natural world, showcasing the capabilities of parametric design and renewable materials.

Beatrice Bonzanigo’s Casa Ojalá offers a world of infinite choice

Casa Ojalá by Beatrice Bonzanigo - Photo by IB Studio.
Casa Ojalá by Beatrice Bonzanigo – Photo by IB Studio.

Italian architect Beatrice Bonzanigo of studio IB unveils Casa Ojalá, a 27 sqm transportable cabin with twenty configurations. Made from local wood and textiles the home was conceived to exist anywhere on earth. The customizable design offers two bedrooms, a bathroom, a terrace, a kitchenette and a living room. Photovoltaic panels serve as the cabin’s energy supply while a system of rainwater-collection and a septic tank provide water for drinking and bathing.

Carlo Ratti grows architecture like a mushroom

CRA - Carlo Ratti Associati Installation for INTERNI Uman Space at Fuorisalone 2019.
CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati Installation for INTERNI Uman Space at Fuorisalone 2019 – Image by CRA.

Turin and New York-based studio CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati and global energy company ENI team up to grow a circular pavilion at Brera Botanical Orchard. A kilometer-long mycelium, the fibrous root of mushrooms, will grow to create a grown-from-the-soil installation which will then be dismantled back into the soil.

Echo by Pezo von Ellrichsausen

'Echo' by Pezo von Ellrichshausen @ Litta Variations Opus 5 - Image: courtesy of MoscaPartners.
‘Echo’ by Pezo von Ellrichshausen @ Litta Variations Opus 5 – Image: courtesy of MoscaPartners.

Chilean architecture studio Pezo von Ellrichsausen creates a reflective pavilion hosted in the main courtyard of Palazzo Litta. The installation is covered with mirrors which reflect the surrounding baroque architecture of the palazzo blurring both the spatial and the temporal borders. Once inside, visitors can see the sky above.

The Museum by Space Encounter 

'The Museum' by Space Encounters - Image by Space Encounters.
‘The Museum’ by Space Encounters – Image by Space Encounters.

Space Encounters and Creative Holland present The Museum, a journey through different spaces blending architecture, photography, music, design, fashion, VR, film and digital communication. The architects have linked each creative discipline to different ambassadors, with one underlying theme: all exhibits grab the visitor from the bustle and place them in a different world.

Tell me more by Rapt Studio

Tell Me More indtallation by Rapt Studio at Ventura Centrale 2019 - Courtesy of Ventura Projects
Tell Me More indtallation by Rapt Studio at Ventura Centrale 2019 – Courtesy of Ventura Projects.

Rapt Studio invites visitors to connect with an interactive installation at Ventura Centrale. By walking into drapery-clad ‘stages’ guests are posed a question by the stranger who came before them. Upon reflecting, they are asked to leave a query for the next visitor. In a second space, lights fall from the vault ceiling above, Among the lights hang threads, from which questions are suspended, creating a living collage. Guests are encouraged to consider their answers to the questions they see and to strike up conversations.

Michele de Lucchi future working environment plunged into the wilderness

Via Manzoni 30, [MM3 Montenapoleone].

Mountain Earth Station - Image by aMdL
Mountain Earth Station – Image by aMdL

Michele de Lucchi takes over the Poltrona Frau showroom and transforms it into a prototype of his futuristic Earth Station. With his studio aMdL, he has been studying new technologies enabling human to design future work environments closer to nature. On show the Mountain Station, a conference space accessible by cable that can be set on top of a mountain. The Crown Station is a ring-shaped bridge suspended over a canyon that would hold events and education spaces.

Mario Cucinella pays homage to Bauhaus with a design collection

'Building Objects' by Mario Cucinella Architects - Image by MCA.
‘Building Objects’ by Mario Cucinella Architects – Image by MCA.

Mario Cucinella presents Building Objects, a design collection inspired by both Bauhaus and his studio most recent projects such as the on-construction Balena kindergarten, and the Kwame Nkrumah Presidential Library in Ghana.

Insecure: Public Space in the Age of Big Data

'Insecure - Public Space in the Age of Big Data' @ Park Associati - Image by Park Associati.
‘Insecure – Public Space in the Age of Big Data’ @ Park Associati – Image by Park Associati.

Park Associati hosts an exhibition challenging the status quo of surveillance systems by altering the behavior of cameras. Titled Insecure: Public Space in the Age of Big Data the showcase by Žan Kobal e Weixiao Shen is curated by Virginio Briatore.

Snarkitecture x Laufen

Snarkitecture for LAUFEN - Image: courtesy of LAUFEN.
Snarkitecture for LAUFEN – Image: courtesy of LAUFEN.

Snarkitecture has created Materialmessage, an immersive exhibition narrating the world of Swiss bathroom manufacturer LAUFEN.A a mountain of clay- the raw material that the company turns into ceramic design – is juxtaposed to an architecture composed of stacked washbasins, nodding to the concept of mass-manufacturing.

Real estate crisis in African cities

'African Spacultations' exhibition - Image: courtesy of University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
‘African Spacultations’ exhibition – Image: courtesy of University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

Galleria del Progetto at Milan’s architecture university Politecnico explores African urbanization with the exhibition African Speculations curated by Javier Arpa and Christopher Marcinkoski from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. On show, 9 case-studies shining a light on the economical and social catastrophy triggered by 2005 real estate global boom and its consequent default. The exhibition’s Milanese edition was curated by Alessandro Frigerio and Simona Galateo.

Renzo Piano reveals new children hospital in Uganda

Milan Furniture Fair, entrance of pavilions 91-11, [MM2 Rho Fiera].

Renzo Piano and Tam Associati are building the Centre of Excellence in Paediatric Surgery in Entebbe, Uganda, in collaboration with Emergency, the Italian non-profit organisation led by Gino Strada. Images of the large construction site show how that the project was conceived in order to allow non-skilled construction workers to complete a highly efficient architercture.