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MAD unveils Momentum at Milan Design Week 2023

Project name:
Architecture firm:
MAD Architects
Milan, Italy
Moreno Maggi, Andrea D’Antrassi, Matteo Vercelloni
Principal architect:
Ma Yansong
Design team:
Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano, Andrea D’Antrassi
Partner with: Interni, AXA IM ALTS. Interni, AXA IM ALTS. Motion Designer: Studio AIRA. Fog Effect: Nephos
Interior design:
Built area:
8m * 8m * 12.5m
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Maco Technology srl, Roberto Maffei
Environmental & MEP:
Luce & Light
Tools used:
P.A.T.I. ETFE polymer

MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong presented the installation "Momentum" in the main atelier of Milan Design Week 2023, in collaboration with Interni and AXA IM ALTS.

Momentum seeks to freeze the moment of art creation, with the simplest cube is used as a carrier to undertake different forms of art expression. Momentum, exhibited during the Salone del Mobile, hopes to evoke the solidification and refinement of time with this form.

In the daytime, Momentum’s skin reflects the surrounding environment of the courtyard of Statale University, becoming a forever-changing art form of its own. As night falls, and the installation turns transparent and ethereal, the lighting inside illuminates a new character.

Momentum is also a combination of virtual art and a physical installations. It features an AR (Augmented Reality) art experience, where viewers may experience fantastical virtual art by scanning a QR code on Instagram, becoming a creator of their own.

During this, MAD's fourth time participation in Milan Design Week with main installation, the works brought have been accompanied by a breakthrough of boundaries and the integration of diverse arts. With the end of the COVID pandemic, we’ve placed more consideration on communication and the interchange of multiculturalism. Past work includes Invisible Border 2016, Fifth Ring 2018, Freedom 2021.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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