Interpreting the theme proposed by Interni, MAD Architects has created an installation made with ETFE polymer produced by P.A.T.I., on the eastern side of the Cortile d’Onore.

The installation alters the perception of the space: the distance between the translucent surface and the facade is not constant but dynamic, based on a controlled yet fluid design, a game of surfaces in motion.

The polymer veil also represents an artistic as well as an architectural gesture, as it follows no functional logic or form but seems to be shaped by natural elements like the force of the wind or the flow of water. And it is precisely the wind, crossing it, that generates an unexpected, original sound.

The new facade thus obtained reflects the hues of the sky during the day, leaving glimpses of the columns and loggias.

In the evening it becomes a luminous surface that brings the courtyard to live with new colors. The ETFE veil starts from the classical lines of the loggia and concludes with a free form typical of the contemporary era. The design takes its cue from an interpretation of the past to react as a  crystallization of the present.

The installation represents a sculptural gesture that is inserted to break the perfect balance of the Cortile d’Onore, but also a filter through which to reinterpret the historical forms of the building.

Project: Ma Yasong MAD Architects

Project directors: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano.

Associated partner: Andrea D’Antrassi. Designer: Hiroki Fujino.

Engineering: Maco Thecnology, Roberto Maffei

Produced by Ferrarelle with P.A.T.I.

Lights: iGuzzini Illuminazione



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Ma Yasong, founder of Mad Architetcs