16
Sep
09

Glass as a liquid

Architectural RecordEarlier this week in studio, we discussed the relationship between glass and structure, and Professor Lucchino mentioned the Milan Trade Fair, a structure we’ve seen before in IDMII. The canopy drapes over a mile-long convention center.  Quoted in the Architectural Record article (click here to read the whole thing), Roman architect Massimiliano Fuksas says “The new Fiera is not a building.  It’s too big.”  To give the massive structure some sort of cohesive element that could bring together the exhibition halls, service center, restaurants, and office spaces, the glass and steel canopy becomes a central “Main Street”  that floats above (and occasionally touches down upon) the edges of these individual spaces.  Interestingly, a lot of the space shaped by the form of the canopy is not entirely enclosed.

Anyway, the article is worth looking at – no details of the structure itself, but it does further describe the organization and execution of the form – and includes some incredible photographs that hint at the experience of the Fiera.

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