Interni Think Tank
Coinciding with the Milan Furniture Fair, the 2010 Interni Think Tank was billed as a ‘laboratory of ideas for the projects of tomorrow’. Architects and designers were assigned a manufacturing partner and commissioned to create installations for a series of sites within the city’s Università degli Studi.
The Stone House is a response both to its location in the double-arcaded Cortile Settecento and to the character of an innovative recycled stone product, Lithoverde – literally ‘green stone’ - developed by John Pawson’s project collaborator, Salvatori.
From the colonnade, the installation appeared as a simple, house-shaped structure set in the centre of the courtyard, on the route of the existing path. In a defining gesture, the structure was sliced along its ridge and through its mid-section, opening the interior to the changing play of sunlight and the vagaries of the weather. At night, internal sources of illumination transformed the cuts into blades of light.
The Stone House is to be permanently installed in the park of the Milan Triennale.