This month Domus 1026

MAD Architects, Dante Bini, Shigeru Ban, Walter de Silva, Saskia Sassen, Aldo Cibic, Zaha Hadid, Simone Fattal, Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

Domus 1026, cover

In this issue

Illustration by The Blue Chemist

Domus 1026

Cover illustration: The Blue Chemist

© Colombe Clier / CMN


Eros and the goblet of milk
A world of fragile parts: from breast to bone to glass. Edited by Adam Lowe &
Charlotte Skene Catling

Ross Lovegrove Corolised Chair


Ross Lovegrove, Corolised chair
“The dialogue between form, technology and material is in a constant state of interplay in my studio and much is never shared with the outside world...”

Saskia Sassen


The intermediation in complex systems
It is as if a monster entered the city… and ate its way through it. Text by Saskia Sassen

Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi

Studio visit

Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi
Pritzker Prize-winner’s Sangath office in Ahmedabad is an open place permanently connected to the world, the environment and other people. Edited by Andrea Caputo

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (mYSLm)


How can I not think of you, in Marrakesh?
A love, a project, an institution: what is the public role of 20th-century icons? Edited by Paola Nicolin

Franco Albini


A modern material
In 1936 Franco Albini launched the application of foam rubber for modern seating Text by Giampiero Bosoni

Guido Scarabottolo


Passion. Seduction
The forms of the human body and the plant world as a source of inspiration for many architects. Text by Michele De Lucchi

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Bed-in for Peace, Amsterdam, 1969


What do we do in bed today, and what has become of this horizontal architecture in our liquid-work society? Text by Beatriz Colomina

MAD Architects, Harbin Opera


MAD Architects. Sensual, organic, artificial
The Harbin Opera House, a row of skyscrapers in Nanjing and two small steel bubbles over the roof of a Beijing hutong: mixing part-organic and partneoparametric curvilinear forms, three recent projects by MAD invoke terms such as “sensual” and “sinuous”.  

Nicholas Grimshaw, Eden Project


Structures as light as air
Inflatable constructions are efficient, lightweight, strong, ecological and safe, introducing a high-tech yet playful, rounded and sensual architectural language. Text by Maurizio Milan

Dante Bini, La Cupola


Dante Bini, La Cupola. Costa Paradiso, Sardinia
In 1968 Dante Bini met Monica Vitti and Michelangelo Antonioni, leading to the story of an architectural rarity. Text by Giulia Ricci

Zaha Hadid, The Peak, Hong Kong, 1983


The legacy of Zaha Hadid
From the explosive fragmentation of sharp, pointed forms to the organic and
enveloping curves of her later works: an unpredictable path spawned by the gestural expressiveness of drawing. Text by Pippo Ciorra

Shigeru Ban Architects Europe & Jean de Gastines Architectes, La Seine Musicale


Shigeru Ban Architects Europe & Jean de Gastines Architectes, La Seine Musicale, Paris
The large glass sphere rising above a low reinforced concrete volume is now the landmark of Île Seguin, once occupied by the Renault factories Text by Salvator-John A. Liotta Photos by Didier Boy de la Tour

Adolfo Natalini

For and against

Against disturbing architecture
The series of opinions on the theme of architecture-as-object, begun in Domus 1022, March 2018, continues with this brief yet highly incisive contribution by Adolfo Natalini

Aldo Cibic


Albo Cibic (In)complete. Trying to make sense of a changing world
An ever-changing coloured cloud represents a collective intelligence that mutates as the data accumulates. Text by Aldo Cibic

Walter de Silva


I am Walter de Silva
Discipline, innovation and ethics. The dream of creating an icon. From Rodolfo Bonetto to Sergio. Interview by Paola Nicolin, photos by Tom Vack with Ester Pirotta

Simone Fattal


Simone Fattal
Since the early 1970s, Simone Fattal and Etel Adnan have been committed to exploring together feminism, history, politics and freedom in books, paintings and sculptures – different forms of expression that influence each other. Text by Paola Nicolin, photos byJaimal Odedra

Chris Kraus


Passion must be tamed like a wild beast
Chris Kraus’s feature film, a little-seen minimasterpiece, suggests that passion is not all: it allows us to sway between the extremes but is only one aspect of life. Edited by Piero Golia

Randy Palumbo


Bombay Beach Biennale, Slab City and the Sonoran Desert
A place in California mixes a toxic lake, a self-managed community, an independent
art festival and Hollywood. Text by Marianna Guernieri