london-based fashion brand COS has tapped arthur mamou-mani to collaborate on its next installation, to be presented during milan design week 2019. the french architect follows the likes of phillip k smith III, studio swine, sou fujimoto, and snarkitecture.

mamou-mani is set to create a digitally fabricated pavilion that will guide visitors through the courtyard and into the surrounding gardens of palazzo isimbardi, the 16th-century palace that hosted phillip k smith III’s atmospheric ‘open sky‘ sculpture last year. together with COS, he hopes to combine architecture with the natural world, showcasing the capabilities of digital fabrication and renewable materials.

all images courtesy of COS

the pavilion will be built using bio-plastic created with 3D printing through an open-source software that exploits the potential of parametric design. each module will use an algorithmic process that guarantees structural suitability and optimizes the amount of material needed.

we are inspired by the work of arthur mamou-mani, which opens up new opportunities in the design world‘, says karin gustafsson, COS creative director.the use of renewable materials and technologies develops a new futuristic language, which at the same time recalls the tradition of craftsmanship.’

arthur mamou-mani adds:I hope that the combination of 3D printing with large-scale bio-based materials and open-source parametric tools will offer a vision of the future and show how this digital technique can have a positive impact on the world.

mamou-mani, who heads up his own practice in london, has become known for pushing the boundaries of digitally fabricated architecture, a feat which saw the young designer named RIBA’s rising star in 2017. mamou-mani was recently responsible for the design of the ‘temple galaxia’ at burning man 2018. the pavilion took the shape of 20 timber trusses converging as a spiral towards one point in the sky. the triangular trusses form different paths towards a central space holding a giant 3D printed mandala, the heart of ‘galaxia’. 

the installation will be open to the public from 9 to 14 april 2019 at palazzo isimbardi in corso monforte 35 in milan.

kieron marchese I designboom

jan 31, 2019

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