Emerging Turin-based outfit BAM! Studio has completed this airborne installation at Rome’s MAXXI Museum
The 600m2 yellow transparent cube is suspended over a wooden platform outside the Zaha Hadid-designed, Stirling Prize-winning building.
The installation, named He, was supposed to be filled with helium, but plans changed due to the worldwide shortage of the gas.
The work forms part of the museum’s annual Young Architects Programme, which aims to promote and support emerging architects. Each year the programme offers an emerging architectural studio the opportunity to design an installation offering visitors a space for the museum’s summer events.
‘He is a complex architectural garden made of a lawn, a big platform and a light volume suspended in front of the concrete walls of MAXXI’s galleries.
‘The protagonist of the scene is the large suspended volume, which through its size, color, the recreational use of water and its shadow establishes an interaction with the museum outdoor spaces, receiving its resting places.
‘The transparency and the apparent weightlessness of the installation generates a dialogue and a stimulating contrast with the imposing masses of the museum and its sinuous geometries.
‘The large volume follows the wind movement, emphasizing the lightness of the materials that compose it.
‘The colour and transparency of the material, in contrast to the mineral character of the museum, give amazing colour reflections that vary with the incidence of light onto the volume façades, allowing He to change its appearance during the day.
‘As evening falls, He becomes a big suspended lantern, a landmark that enlightens MAXXI and its piazza.’