Known as TWIRL, Zaha Hadid Architects strikes with an installation integrated in Milan University’s 18th century courtyard. The installation is a presentation of contemporary architecture.

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It’s a proposal of a modern courtyard. The installation is formed of white porcelain stoneware, a modern material. The slab transforms to a dynamic sculpture cut into slabs that stand out focusing towards the center. I like to call it “the stone in water effect”.

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Moreover, another character is added to the urban sculpture which is light. Fluorescent light tubes are used at night to be like a link between the formal orthogonal building lines and informal flowing lines of the installation. Contrast that makes the picture stronger and hence clearer in front of our eyes.

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The installation is a good example of solid and void treatment. The contrast in the line language, the materials seen through the light in the space is an innovative way to deal with the relationship between modernism and history.

By Rehab Ayman

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