The secret lives of architects: new exhibition announced for Milan design fair

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014. Filed under: Art Destinations Entertainment Environment Home & Garden
Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects, Guangzhou, China The futuristic Guangzhou Opera House is one of Zaha Hadid's most famous creations, but what will the architect's personal domestic space look like? ©Pan Xunbin/

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects, Guangzhou, China
The futuristic Guangzhou Opera House is one of Zaha Hadid’s most famous creations, but what will the architect’s personal domestic space look like?
©Pan Xunbin/

(Relaxnews) – Where do the top architects live? It’s an intriguing question, and one which visitors to this year’s Milan Design Fair Salone del Mobile will also be able to explore, thanks to a new exhibition opening this April.

‘Where Architects Live’, which will run alongside the main design fair, will focus on the personal domestic spaces of some of the world’s leading architects. Visitors will get a glimpse into ‘rooms’ designed by Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain/Studio Mumbai.

We are used to seeing the work that architects complete for other people and corporate briefs, but this exhibition will reveal the personal styles and distinctive tastes behind the masterminds.

Exhibition curator Francesca Molteni gained access to the private homes of each of the architects, filming the exteriors and domestic spaces and recording one-to-one interviews about the visions, triggers and decisions that have steered their design. Alongside architect and scenographer Davide Pizzigoni, she used the footage, images and sounds to recreate the creatives’ private ‘rooms’.

The result is an interactive exhibition space that unveils the architects’ visions of living, their choices
and their obsessions.

“The aim of the event is to explore the art of living today,” explained Cosmit President Claudio Luti. “With a close look at the people who are changing the face of our cities, the configuration of the global landscape and the collective imagination, putting the spotlight on new ways of planning domestic environments from every possible aspect.”

Where Architects Live will run April 8 – 13 as part of Salone del Mobile.


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