Invisible Border Installation in Milan

Invisible Border, Milan Design Week 2016 Installation, Images

Invisible Border Installation in Milan

Contemporary Installation for the 2016 Salone del Mobile – design by MAD

13 Apr 2016

Invisible Border

Design: MAD, Architects

Location: Milan, Italy

Invisible Border Installation in Milan

Invisible Border Installation

MAD unveils “Invisible Border” installation for the 2016 Salone del Mobile in Milan

Invisible Border Installation

Invisible Border Installation

Ma Yansong: “Architects usually creates borders by defining spaces – what is inside and outside, what is nature and the artificial – but today’s society already has too many invisible borders. As architects we should instead focus on how can we blur those borders and encourage interaction across them”

Invisible Border Installation

Invisible Border Installation

Apr. 12th, Milan – MAD Architects creates a translucent installation for the 2016 Milan Design Week in the traditional Cortile d’Onore courtyard of Università degli Studi di Milano. The installation is a part of the “Open Borders” exhibition, curated by the Italian magazine Interni. MAD’s contribution, entitled “Invisible Border”, alters the perception of space.

Invisible Border Installation

“Borders are usually seen as something closed and unapproachable but I think it’s interesting to make borders attractive, dynamic and engaging. So we decided to play with the border between the historical loggias and the garden in front of it, and design a transition in-between them.” Says Ma Yansong founder and principal architect of MAD Architect.

Invisible Border Installation

The installation represents a sculptural gesture that is inserted to break the balance of the Cortile d’Onore and at the same time establish a new shelter, between the façade and the courtyard, for people to engage in discussions or just contemplate the sky through the canopy. The result is an installation, inspired by natural flow of wind and water, which extends the physical and conceptual threshold of a boarder.

Invisible Border Installation

“Our installation blurs the boundaries between the traditional and the contemporary. You see the difference in each end, but the transition is very organic. It’s like we open up a conversation between the past and the present.” – Ma Yansong

Invisible Border Installation

MAD’s installation is comprised of ETFE with a gradient color, the lightweight and flexibility of the polymer allows it to move with the wind and create a subtle whistling sound. The installation 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.

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Invisible Border – Building Information

Design team: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano, Andrea D’Antrassi, Hiroki Fujino
Engineering: Maco Thecnology srl, Roberto Maffei
Light design: iGuzzini Illuminazione
Produced by: Ferrarelle
Material: P.A.T.I. ETFE polymer
Dimensions: 31m * 16m * 14m

Interni’s “Open Borders” exhibition is part of Milan Design Week and opens today (Tuesday Apr. 12th) and runs until the 23rd of April in the historic courtyard of the Università degli Studi di Milano.

Invisible Border Installation

Photographs: Moreno Maggi

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