Press Release:
Interni House in Motion to form the stage for Stanton Williams’ Canopy of Light pavilion

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(Milan Design Week, 16-28 April 2018)

Entitled Baldacchino in reference to ornamental canopies above altars or thrones, Stanton Williams’ experimental 6m long pavilion interprets the House in Motion theme by giving physical form to the idea of movement through space.

Baldacchino will be located at the Università degli Studi di Milano, one of three different locations for the Interni House in Motion exhibition.  The exhibition invites architects and designers to respond to ideas of residence, mobility, and transformable space within the home and also consider the notion of nomadic, transient habitats. Interni House in Motion is part of FuoriSalone taking place during Milan Design Week 2018.

Stanton Williams’ pavilion combines space and movement to form a work of choreographic architecture that points to how permanent spaces are continually transformed and repurposed over time.

Architectually, motion is achieved by spatially compressing a spiral pathway that is then ‘released’ at the focal point of the pavilion. Here, a baldacchino canopy of light hovers over a horizontal plane designed for pause and contemplation.

To animate the pavilion, Stanton Williams have commissioned a dance performance choreographed by Thea Stanton. The performance will explore the dynamic ebb and flow of the Pavilion and the solitary dancer will challenge their body’s relationship with the architecture around them.

The 4m tall pavilion floats above a shallow reflective surface and is created using raw steel to emphasise the pavilion’s sculptural qualities. The raw steel was also chosen for its organic texture and the rich, varied appearance of its dark warm tones under natural and artificial lighting conditions.

Alan Stanton of Stanton Williams commented:

 “The experience created in the pavilion is that of a journey through spaces that expand and compress, where daylight and shadow are modulated through screens and openings. The movement of the visitor along this journey constitutes the dynamic element that confers a transient quality to the space captured within the pavilion” 

Stanton Williams is collaborating on the pavilion with curtain walling and cladding specialist Focchi Group and with lighting specialists, iGuzzini.




Interni House in Motion PRESS CONFERENCE Monday 16 April, h. 2.30

Greetings from Interni Magazine and Mayor of Milan, followed by addresses from exhibiting architects including Doriano Chiarparin and Michele Tarroni from Stanton Williams


Open 10am-10pm daily, 16 – 28 April 2018

Università degli Studi di Milano – Ca’ Granda ex Ospedale Maggiore


Dance Performance: Study of Body in Space

Performance dates:

16 & 17th April 20018

Performance times: 6, 7 & 8pm

Duration: 10 minutes

Choreography: Thea Stanton

Dancer: Joe Garbett

Music: Cameron Graham


For more press information on Stanton Williams please contact:

Gloria Roberts and Helen Barnes at Caro Communications

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