Alex de Rijke talks to Inside Festival and WAF (World Architecture Festival) about building Scale Infinite, the first application of cross-laminated hardwood timber. The project was erected as part of the FuoriSalone event in Milan between 7-18 April 2014. The staircase was designed as a development of the original structure, Endless Stair, which was originally commissioned by the London Design Festival 2013 and AHEC, and located outside Tate Modern, London.
The Sunday Times have selected dRMM as one of “10 architect provocateurs who are shaking things up with bold, innovative [domestic] designs.”
dRMM’s Sliding House and recently completed WoodBlock House are cited as examples of projects pushing boundaries in British residential design. The article discusses the changing attitude towards domestic architecture, and how local authorities are becoming more “flexible and open” to new ideas and typologies in this sector.
Hugh Graham advises readers to pay attention to his selection of architects if they are in search of the most innovative homes in today’s market. dRMM director Alex de Rijke adds: “Come to us if you’re up for an adventure.”
Original article by Hugh Graham available for The Sunday Times subscribers here.
dRMM’s Scale Infinite opens to the public today at the FuoriSalone event in Milan.
Director Alex de Rijke will join a panel of speakers during Interni magazine’s press conference this afternoon at 14.30hrs. The conference will mark the opening of ‘Feeding New Ideas for the City’, this year’s theme for the FuoriSalone exhibition.
The event aims to promote “design as event, as performance, and as installation”, and brings together some of the world’s best designers to make this happen. dRMM’s contribution is a new iteration of Endless Stair, which was originally conceived for the London Design Festival 2013 and erected outside the Tate Modern, London for four weeks.
Scale Infinite, built out of six flights of interlocking stairs, is positioned in front of the majestic Ca’ Granda colonnade with its topmost flight cantilevering over the courtyard – providing views of the event and the city.
Photo by Giovanni Nardi
dRMM’s Endless Stair, originally commissioned for the London Design Festival 2013, will be reconfigured for Interni Magazine’s ‘Feeding New Ideas for the City’ exhibition during the FuoriSalone in Milan, Italy.
The original structure was designed as an intriguing structure of Escher-like interlocking staircases made from American tulipwood cross-laminated timber (CLT). Located outside Tate Modern on London’s South Bank, it was conceived as a three-dimensional exercise in modular timber construction, offering the potential for reconfiguration and adaptation to different contexts.
This April, the Ca’ Granda building, one of main venues in the FuoriSalone event, will be the new setting for Scale Infinite – the latest iteration in the life of Endless Stair.
The structure will be open to the public from 7 – 18 April 2014, located at the Università degli Studi di Milano – Ca’ Granda ex Ospedale Maggiore, via Festa del Perdono 7, 20122 Milano, Italia.