On the occasion of Milan Design Week 2018, MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong has been invited by INTERNI to envision an immersive art installation.

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

Architect: MAD Architects
Location: Milan, Italy
Year: 2018
Photography: Moreno Maggi, MAD Architects

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

“Fifth Ring” creates a new dimension inside the courtyard of Milan’s historic Seminario Arcivescovile – a seminary built in 1564 for St. Carlo Borromeo. The presence of the circular ring inside the square of the courtyard’s four walls stands as a symbol of mankind’s continued search for perfection, while also defining a new dimension for the traditional courtyard. 

From a bird’s-eye view, the large suspended ring of light acts as an architectural, fifth façade. But from the ground, the illuminated circle frames the sky, drawing the viewer to look upwards, towards the infinite universe.

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

Pools of water give off spectacular reflections, forming an infinite perception of space between the ring of light, the water and the sky, giving visitors the feeling they are walking amongst the clouds. As it looms above, the “Fifth Ring” acts as a portal to a fifth dimension, opening up the dialogue between humans and the celestial unknown.

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

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MAD reveals Fifth Ring in Milan Design Week 2018

On the occasion of Milan Design Week 2018, MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong has been invited by INTERNI to envision an immersive art installation

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