Future Systems

VIII Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, Venezia, 2002

Internal structure in laser-shaped iron disks, outer structure in stainless steel plates

“Next” was the title of the 8th Architecture Biennial in Venice, directed by Deyan Sudjic. The exhibition set out to answer the question of what the architecture of the future will be like. Residences and Museums, Work and Commerce, Entertainment and Interchange, Training, Church and State were the main themes of reference, joined by the exhibition “City of Towers”, in collaboration with Alessi, which gathered models of futuristic skyscrapers (spectacular mock-ups on a scale of 1:100) created by some of the most outstanding architects on the international scene. One year after the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York on 11 September, the exhibition underlined on a symbolic level the renewed interest in the vertical growth of the cities of the world, and the role of the skyscraper as one of the representative tools of modernity. Among the various models, that of the English studio Future Systems was assigned to Marzorati Ronchetti, which manufactured the steel structure. The model had a fluid, abstract form, an inclined monolith anchored to the ground by an extension of the section of the trunk with its variable elliptical shape. A large opening at the top of the tower provided a forceful, self-referential iconic feature.

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