PREVIEW Milan 2018 – They call it ‘design’ week, but architects play always a major role as well. Every year some of the most acclaimed Italian and international studios create installations and exhibitions across the city… We selected 7 must-see temporary architectures at Fuorisalone 2018.
Stefano Boeri envisions a New Shanghai… On Mars!
@ The Mall in Porta Nuova – Milan, Italy – MM 2-5 Porta Garibaldi.
In a world where climate change and rapidly advancing technological developments are becoming the order of the day, why not starting to think about moving to Mars? Stefano Boeri Architetti and the Future City Lab of Tongji University provocatively imagined a New Shanghai on the Red Planet for 2117. “Envisioning a city from scratch on another planet without restrictions, can trigger change on earth,” said Stefano Boeri to Archipanic. The exhibition is on show at Space&Interiors, the platform for both professionals and architecture lovers curated by Stefano Boeri and themed THE FUTURE OF LIVING AND THE PLANET OF THE FUTURE.
A 3D Printed House takes shape under the Duomo
@ Piazza Cesare Beccaria – MM2-3 Duomo.
Arup and CLS Architects are currently building Europe’s first 3D-printed one-bedroom 100sqm house near Milan’s main Cathedral. “The construction industry is one of the world’s biggest users of resources and emitters of CO2.” Explains to Archipanic Guglielmo Carra Europe Materials Consulting Lead at Arup. “We want to bring a paradigm shift in the way the construction industry operates. We believe that 3D printing technology is critical to making buildings more sustainable and efficient. It creates less waste during construction and materials can be repurposed and reused at the end of their life.”
Snarkitecture re-imagines the kitchen island starting from ice, water and steam
@ Palazzo dell’Ufficio Elettorale di Porta Romana. Via Porta Romana 11 – MM3 Porta Romana.
Quartz manufacturer Caesarstone invited New York based practice Snarkitecture to reflect on the kitchen island with an installation showcased at the faded grandeur of Palazzo dell’Ufficio Elettorale di Porta Romana, open to the public for the first time. “We used use ice, water and steam to create a mesmerisizng collective experience that has been designed around these simple elements” Said at Snarkitecture to Archipanic. Caesarstone surfaces are used in layers, referencing natural topography as a metaphor for nature. Surrounding the main “arena” is an amphitheatre of over 250 Caesarstone and metal mesh pedestals using three different Caesarstone new colours.
Historical Promiscuities: Adam Nathaniel Furman @ Vudafieri-Saverino Partners
@ Vudafieri Saverino Studio. Via Rosolino Pilo 11 – M1 Palestro.
British artist Adam Nathaniel Furman has created a Metropolis made of ceramic reinterpreting the history and architecture through shapes, colours and pop atmospheres. The limited edition series developed for Bitossi is on show at Vudafieri-Saverino Partners studio, where Tiziano Vudafieri and Claudio Saverino have been able to construct a narrative work space, inhabited by artistic references. “History belong to us. To save it we must use it, constantly, we must be entirely irreverent with it, we must be promiscuous”. Explains curator Luca Molinari.
INTERNI magazine explores contemporary nomadic lifestyles
Various location across Milan.
INTERNI Magazine’s major exhibition/event turns 20. This year the architecture and design magazine’s editor in chief Gilda Bojardi invited top Italian and international studios to create installations reflecting on the overlapping concepts of ‘residency’ and ‘mobility’. How new technologies and millennials lifestyles shape our future living environment? House in Motion takes over the stunning cloisters and halls of Ca’ Granda/Università degli Studi di Milano – Via Festa del Perdono 7, MM 2-3 Duomo. Here, Aldo Cibic creates an interactive composition of volumes and vibrant colours, Iosa Ghini Associati reflects on the home as an immaterial platform for co-thinking according to sharing-culture values. Filippo Taidelli presents Cells, an installation reflecting on the impact of technology on health-care systems [See render below].
Mario Bellini’s Face to Face installation creates a parallelism between the facade of a building and the face of its inhabitants. Other studios involved are Studio Azzurro, Gruppo C14 by Alexander Bellman, Lorenzo Damiani for IKEA and more. Architect Mario Cucinella, curator of the Italian Pavilion at Venice Biennale, creates an installation in the ancient botanic orchard in Via Brera 28 – MM2 Brera – while Ma Yasong of MAD Architects will stun at the Audi City Lab venue in Corso Venezia 11 – MM2 San Babila.
Barbara Balestreri and the luminous airiness of American museums at Palazzo Reale
@ Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12, MM 2-3 Duomo.
At Philadelphia Museum of Arts, Manet, Degas and Cezanne but also Picasso, Rodin and Van Gogh co-habit under the same roof. This design week make sure to combine art with architecture. Palazzo Reale hosts the exhibition ‘Impressionism and Avantgardes – Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Arts”, an exhibition that not not only brings into town canvas generally on show across the ocean but brings you to Philadelphia. How’s that possible? The setting by Corrado Anselmi and the lightecture by Barbara Balestreri recreate the luminous airiness of the spaces of the American museum.
Francesco Librizzi designs a fluid “sun rising” plaza in Brera
@ Largo Treves – MM2 Brera.
Brera Design District Info Point in Largo Treves will welcome visitors into The Rising pavilion by Italian architect Francesco Librizzi. The installation transforms a cross-road into a square marking the entrance of the creative district. The project is covered with innovative DVNE anodised aluminium surfaces and features the design of a rising sun encased within the a minimal and slender lines of a portico which embraces the square.
Other architectural exhibitions in Milan are on show at La Triennale which pays homage to Polish vintage temporary architecture and Archizoom’s radical iconic design. Fondazione Achille Castiglioni celebrates 100th Anniversary of the birth of the Italian master with a collective exhibition focusing on “author-less design objects” while Fondazione Franco Albini organizes guided tours in the architect’s studio. Zaha Hadid Architects, Ross Lovegrove and Daniel Widrig created 3D printed furniture for Spanish brand Nagami – Find out more.