If you’re a fan of architecture and design, you might know the work of Stefano Boeri, first by his time as editor of Domus, the Italian architectural magazine started by Gio Ponti in 1928, and where he spent three years before moving on to four years as editor of Abitare, one of the world’s best known design magazines. In his post-editor life, Stefano has turned his full attention to his own architectural projects. As part of an effort to revitalize Milan’s historic city center, he recently completed a design for two sustainable residential towers. Called Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) the apartments, are inspired by a need to create urban biodiversity, and will have more than 900 trees on 96,000 feet of terraces.
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So that brings us to the Milan Design Week in April of this year, when the 3M Design team collaborated with Stefano Boeri Architetti to create “Urban Tree Lounge”. It’s more than a little nod to the importance that trees have played in Boeri’s work, with a decidedly urban edge. The “trees” are created using 3M films, nonwovens, and adhesives, which created a kaleidoscope of dancing light. At the base of the tree is space for visitors to rest weary feet (and as any design exhibition attendee knows, that’s no small thing!). The reflective light created by the leaves was intended to inspire visitors to “reflect” on their experiences in Milan and hopefully, the unexpected combination of materials and architecture would provide some inspiration fodder.
“Thanks to an energizing exchange of ideas, we were able to achieve the goal of creating a conceptual tree that, like an organic one, absorbs, filters and mirrors the sunlight to create a shadow to reflect and recharge. It’s my hope that this prototype can influence creative approach to design in public spaces,” said Stefano.
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