Cortile d'Onore - Università degli Studi di Milano
The contemporary version of a primordial cave: the firm Parisotto + Formenton Architetti has created a symbolic place, a quiet room for a relaxing break. Blue Passage is an imposing tunnel with a double entrance, open to the outside and tapered at the center, to walk through or to spend time in.
A monomaterial space, permeable to view, made in Cimento, an innovative patented material that conserves the expressive impact of concrete but is lighter and more versatile on a structural level.
Simultaneously open and closed, light and solid, this novel work of architecture plays with the senses and perceptions of visitors, stimulating them through four different keys: the imperfect texture of the material (smooth on the outside, rough on the inside), the selected colors (gray for the outer surface, blue inside), the game of perspective between inside and outside, and the continuous reproduction of the sound of the sea, which becomes musical and follows the visitor in motion through the ‘shell’ of Cimento.