“Where Architects Live” is an original installation, inspired by leading contemporary architects’ own concepts of the domestic space, devised especially for the 53rd edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile. The exhibition has been specially devised for the Salone, providing an exclusive glimpse into “rooms” designed by eight of the world’s most respected architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano Fuksas and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain.
Bellini ©Davide Pizzigoni
“Where Architects Live” is a response to these questions and to natural curiosity: where do architects live, or rather, what are their homes like and in what way? Exact reflections of their distinctive design styles or complete one-offs? Or something else entirely?
Ban ©Hiroyuki Hirai
The concept underlying the event rests in the conviction that, of all design disciplines, domestic architecture is the most predisposed to evolution and the most suited to experimentation, given its capacity to conjugate architecture and design.
Hadid ©Davide Pizzigoni
Hadid ©Brigitte Lacombe
The writer Curzio Malaparte names his villa on the island of Capri “A house like me” – it is an intimate and private story that explores the marks and traces of domestic architecture in different cultures and contexts.
Fuksas ©Aki Furudate
Fuksas ©Maurizio Marcato
The curator of the event, Francesca Molteni has been privy to the private homes of eight of the greatest exponents of the architectural world, filming the exteriors and domestic spaces and recording an interview with each of them on the visions, triggers and decisions that have steered their design and professional careers.
Chipperfield ©Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects
She and the architect and scenographer Davide Pizzigoni, who has been exploring representational space and working with leading international opera theatres, have devised a project that recreates the private “rooms”, by means of real-life videos, images, sounds, comments and reconstructions.
Libeskind ©Nicola Tranquillino
Libeskind ©Davide Pizzigoni
The result is an interactive exhibition space that unveils the architects’ visions of living, their choices and their obsessions.
Kogan Photo©Romulo Fialdini Architecture©studio mk27, Marcio Kogan
Kogan ©Romulo Fialdini
Cover image: Bellini ©Davide Pizzigoni