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Archasm Competitions announces the winners of idea competition “Fashion Pavilion Milan”.
Following participants declared winners of competition for their best works.
1st Prize: Knot a Pavilion
Participants: Marie-Helene Lesiege, Mateusz Bledowski, Kate Korotayeva
The Fashion Pavilion Competition in Milan is intended to connect people to fashion and architecture. The pavilion is located within the central vista of Parco Sempione capturing the essence of fashion design. The proposal considers the physical relationship to the park, the poetic relationship to fashion and an explorative moment for the public to activate the current site. Named ‘Knot a Pavilion’, the installation challenges the current state of fashion and clothing industry by using recycled textile materials as the formal and interactive medium. The pavilion aims to establish a conversation with the elements of the park and the nearby historic architecture, allowing for transparency and visual connections. By inviting users to interact with recycled fabrics the projects explores the possible futures imagined for the discarded clothes beyond the landfill.
The Knot a Pavilion is framed using scaffolding which is then enclosed through a sequence of knots, ties, and weaving patterns. All materials used are second-hand and can be re-used after disassembling the pavilion. Upon approach the public are faced with a wall of recycled yarn and ropes and are invited to enter a scattering of colours and textures hanging from the stick frame structure of scaffolding above. Reaching deeper into the Knot a Pavilion the space defoliates and is exposed to the sky. This space is intended for users to relax on the ground whilst being encompassed by recycled material and the sky. The hope is that the public will begin to question the architectural decision in materiality and begin to reflect their impact on clothing waste accumulation.
2nd Prize: Buoyant
Participants: Anna Loch
Buoyant – a word standing both for floating & success – is an homage pavilion to the Italian fashion industry. The project took inspiration in a collective of Italian high fashion images.
3rd Prize: The Mirror
Participants: Gianmarco Fabbri, Omar Mario Di Lullo, Carlotta Illing Arizti
What’s more contemporary than taking a look at our society and making that society architecture? What is architecture if not an expression of culture and society?
“The Mirror” is conceived as a shiny urban accessory which leads people to be part of the design, to look to and through themselves, dressing the pavilion. It is a communication forum where thanks to different spaces fashion deals with people and people react to fashion.
Fashion and architecture are constantly changing, which is why “The Mirror”consists of volumes that adapt to the moment by creating a freely compostable and flexible space.
This makes it possible to place the cubes individually as satellites, for example at the Milan Piazza Duomo, as an active advertisement for the forum in the park.
“The Mirror” shows Milan‘s industrial face. Elegant, dark mirror glass deals with simple scaffolding like the fashion world does with daily life. During the day the glass facade reflects the surroundings and visitors of the forum, while by night it reveals the interiors soft shapes which remind of textiles.
No matter where THE MIRROR is, it will always be dressed by movements, events, people, fashion – in other words by society.
The project is composed by four volumes; each volume provides different functions and atmospheres and all of them together create a Media Forum, where fashion, people and communication meet.
The FORUM offers space for temporary exhibitions by various designers, providing a platform for established and debuting fashion houses.
The “ON AIR” CAFÈ offers the opportunity to everyone to take part of the broadcasted interviews and talk shows on fashion topics.
LEARN describes an educational space involving interested visitors into the theoretical aspects and making processes of fashion.
THE STUDIO is a flexible space for fashion conferences, talk-shows and workshops.Save