From 8 to 13 April , don’t miss the multi-media exhibition at “I Saloni” in which eight international archistars showcase their houses.
Anglo-Italian architect Richard Rogers, codesigner, among other things, of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, summed up the concept extremely succinctly: “A room is the beginning of a city”. Houses are not just private spaces: the way in which they are conceived and furnished is an expression, a symptom and together a contribution made by individuals to the collective face of a city. This is even truer when someone who designs and changes the face of a city by trade has to choose in which type of house to live. Hence, the off-site event of the Salone del Mobile entitled “Dove vivono gli architetti” (“Where architects live”) is even more interesting. A multimedia exhibition, in which eight international archistars showcase their houses, while reflecting on the art of contemporary design. The list of names is impressive and includes Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain. The exhibition, which can be visited from 8 through 13 April at Hall 9 of the Salone, is curated by Francesca Molteni and mounted in collaboration with architect and set designer Davide Pizzigoni. In addition to showcasing their (obviously fabulous) dwellings, the architects offer their thoughts about the city, its urban landscape and not only, with additional references to new ways of living. Are you expecting to see astounding, futuristic buildings stemming directly from the creative fantasy of these archistars? Well, you’re on the wrong track, at least insofar as the architects who have set up house in Milan are concerned. In fact, for example, according to Mario Bellini, Italian designer of the Department of Islamic Arts at the Louvre, “Living in an urban context caused me to reason in an urban way. I never dreamt of designing or building a house for myself starting from scratch: if anything, it was a question of finding the right house, of finding it among the marvellous houses that already exist.”
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A great classic
If the idea of seeing the houses of famous architects appeals to you, remember that in Milan it is possible to plan a real itinerary, house after house, by following in the footsteps of Giò Ponti, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century. The last house designed in 1957 and lived in by him, in via Dezza 49 (M2 Sant’Agostino), is located in front of Parco Solari and it was so conceptually advanced that, even today, it still gives the impression of being totally revolutionary.