Milan 2018 – MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, The studio created the Fifth Ring: a large ring floats in the courtyard of Milan’s historic Seminario Arcivescovile – a XVI century complex – linking the architecture of the courtyard creating a new dimension.
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In order to highlight the installation aims to make reflect on one of humanity’s greatest aspirations with a holistic approach. “The presence of the circular ring inside the square of the courtyard’s four walls stands as a symbol of mankind’s continued search for perfection, while also defining a new dimension for the traditional courtyard.” Explains Ma Yansong.
From a bird’s-eye view, the large suspended ring of light acts as an architectural, fifth façade. But from the ground, the illuminated circle frames the sky, drawing the viewer to look upwards, towards the infinite universe.
Pools of water give off spectacular reflections, forming an infinite perception of space between the ring of light, the water and the sky, giving visitors the feeling they are walking amongst the clouds.
As it looms above, the Fifth Ring acts as a portal to a fifth dimension, opening up the dialogue between humans and the celestial unknown. On show also some of the latest AUDI cars, many of which officially debuts in Italy.
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The installation is part of the diffuse exhibition House in Motion organized by leading Italian magazine INTERNI. Other installation by prominent Italian and international studios are on show at Statale University and Brera Botanic Orchard.
The studio teamed up with Artemide to develop the project. The Italian lighting brand has been collaborating with international studios such as BIG, Neri & Hu and, most recently, Aleandro Aravena. The Pritzker prize laureate developed luminous circles of light which allow plants and animals living in parks and public urban spaces to recharge their batteries at night.
All photos: courtesy of MAD Architects.