Press Box installation

Designed by SET Architects, Press Box is a temporary steel structure both ethereal and solid, a “temple” devoted to 360-degree diffusion of architectural culture.

Set Architects, Press Box, Rome, 2017
As a temple devoted to 360-degree diffusion of architectural culture, Press Box is a temporary installation designed by SET Architects for the New Generations Festival, which encompasses a selection of international publications curated by mint LIST. The archetype of the street newsstand is translated into a lightweight reticular structure that embodies the concept of networking. Versatile and flexible, the 4x4x4m modular structure has been designed for assembly in under four hours thanks to its quick mounting system. The elements are made of affordable building materials: from the main framework and furnishing, in plasterboard and 50x55x50mm stainless steel C profiles, to shelves and magazine supports, in bent and shaped 40x150x40mm stainless steel U guide profiles.


To fill the weave, spatially and metaphorically, magazines and books at the public’s fingertips, bring consistency to the framework. Displayed at the perimeter, publications play a crucial role in the composition, defining the elevations of Press Box and creating real “paper walls”. The installation, both ethereal and solid, embodies the information spread, which runs in parallel between the virtual and physical worlds, and across printed and digital media, drawing upon the foundations of the architectural discourse and the ethos of shared knowledge.

Img.8 Set Architects, Press Box, Rome, 2017
Img.8 Set Architects, Press Box, Rome, 2017

Press Box, Rome
Program: temporary installation
Architect: Set Architects – Lorenzo Catena, Onorato Di Manno, Andrea Tanci
Structure, metalwork: Macchi – Componenti modulari per l’architettura
Area: 16 mq
Completion: 2017

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