A “HIDDEN GARDEN” in the heart of the high-rise Milan


A Hidden garden is an infinite green space, designed by the studio Pierattelli Architetture, to give visitors a space in which to recover their relationship with nature. Milan Design Week – An enchanted garden, populated by tall trees, hundreds of plants and blooming flowers will be located for the Milan Design Week in Piazza Gae Aulenti, in the heart of the new “Innovation Design District”.

This is the intriguing site-specific installation signed by the Florence studio Pierattelli Architetture, which from 16 to 22 April, gives the city a space in which to recover the relationship between man and nature. Hidden Garden is a secret but at the same time infinite garden. A space of 100 square metres protected by a ring of panels that conceal it from the chaotic square outside, from which only glimpses and perspectives are allowed. Inside, the panels themselves are lined with mirrors that create a fascinating interplay of reflections, giving the sensation of an endless space in which abstraction and reality merge.

Hidden Garden aims to be an oasis where you can rediscover the pleasure of a walk in the park, a place where you can play, dream or simply spend time. An intriguing installation, which changes as the light changes from day to night.

The outside panels – made of the innovative Krion material – are designed as “empty canvases”, which can be decorated by anyone wanting to express their creativity. Drawings, murals and thoughts will find expression for 24 hours, before being easily erased to leave room for new creations the next day. For the Design Week 2018 Pierattelli Architetture wanted to create an immersive
experience, showing how at times the simplest things, as a play of mirrors, immersion in nature, a wall to write on, give us precious emotions.

Designer | Pierattelli Architetture
PORCELANOSA Grupo | 45 panels Krion® K-Life (1x3x0.03 m) and respective structure 80×60
FLOS S.p.A.| exterior and interior lighting
Gruppo Giardini | grass mantle, 200 aromatic plants, 4 trees
Vitra | furnishings
Bruni costruttori | set up and dismantling
Flamingo Firenze | special event coordination

Images | Courtesy of Pierattelli Architetture

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