MAD architects’ Dynamic Canopy Installation Draws Outward Alters Our Perception of Space

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Dynamic pastel ribbons ripple down into the traditional Cortile d’Onore courtyard of the Università Degli Studi di Milano, forming a flowing curtain suspended in space and time. The transparent installation, named Invisible Borders, was designed by MAD Architects for the 2016 Milan Design Week, as part of the “Open Borders” exhibition by the Italian magazine Interni. The piece aims to push against interdisciplinary lines and combine areas such as design and architecture with aspects of art and technology,

Through the installation, MAD Architects seeks to “alter the perception of space” by exploring the concept of borders. Playing with the partition between the historical façade of the contemporary courtyard, the magnetic polymer strips appear formed by an elemental force, weaving through space like wind or water and reflecting the hues of the sky in the same manner.