HONOR COURTYARD, UNIVERSITY OF MILAN - The installation is a multi-layered labyrinth consisting of a series of staircases and viewing platforms, revealing maps, decorative carvings and hidden objects, where the visitor is challenged to reimagine their place in the natural order.
Designed by Annabel Karim Kassar, founder of AKK Architects, the work is made from, plywood and honeycomb acrylic panels. Kassar explains that the installation was inspired by the 16th-century Cabinet of Curiosities “when, prompted by the scientific discoveries of the time, people collected random objects from the natural world to display them in Wunderkammer.”
In the same way, her microarchitecture invites viewers to take part, exploring a complex geometric space from different angles and heights, to discover for themselves the visual and emotional patterns that emerge from seeming randomness.
The project is inspired by Kassar’s project to engraft a contemporary staircase-library – a sort of Tower of Babel – onto a traditional Ottoman house under renovation in Beirut. The concept has evolved, freeing the installation from its original cocoon.
Located in the Cortile d’Onore, the modular structure created by Imola Legno, Bencore and PolyPiù in organic and artificial materials, plywood and honeycomb acrylic panels, has a footprint of 6.8 x 5.8 m and consists of a series of staircases and panoramic platforms that invite visitors to explore a complex geometric space from different angles and heights.
In this way they discover for themselves the visual and emotional relationships that emerge from the seemingly random concealed signs and objects.
Cover photo: Paolo Consaga