Program    Installation for Milan Design Week 2022
Year    2022
Location    Milan (IT)
Partner    Rubner Haus
Building Area     36 sqm
Phase     completed
Design Team    Giacomo Garziano, Bogdan Chipara, Simone Piccolo, Mariam Sherif
Contractor    Rubner Haus
Light Fixtures    Artemide
Event by    Interni Magazine
Photos    Alice Turazza

The quest for harmonious coexistence with our planet is manifested through the profound connection and mutual exchange with Gaia, our mother earth, of which we are a fundamental part. Minimising the impact of our actions, of our buildings is not enough; sustainability is a necessary approach whose standards are now almost obsolete. To “reverse the curve”, we must necessarily aim for a positive ecological impact through our built environment.
In exploring this possibility, the biophilic and regenerative approach is fundamental since the connection with Nature is an intrinsic principle to it. But it is at the origin of the Matrix of the Built Environment that we must investigate, in order to be able to respond to the necessary regeneration of the Planet.
The archetype of the natural refuge, of the primordial and innate need for shelter is precisely the starting point of GG-loop’s design investigation with Rubner Haus for the INTERNI Design Re-Generation exhibition.
The “Primitive Hut” is the concept introduced by Vitruvius who explores the origins of architecture and the anthropological relationship between man and the natural environment as a fundamental basis for the creation of architecture.
In his “An Essay on Architecture” (1753), Abbot Marc-Antoine Laugier stated that the ideal architectural form embodies what is natural and intrinsic, providing an allegory of a man immersed in nature from which he draws his need for shelter.
“Echinoidea” is an interpretation of a natural, organic space, whose function is the archaic one of the shelter. It is a versatile modular wooden shell with a 6x6x6m footprint, which offers visitors a contemplative, enveloping experience of refuge in their own cocoon, allowing them to have a different perspective of the courtyard of the Statale, enriched by privacy and protection.

“Wood, as a natural material that is naturally renewed, is the ideal material for architecture that wants to be low in energy consumption and low in greenhouse gas emissions. Although it is an ancient material, the evolution of technology and construction techniques today allow performances never seen before. Echinoidea wants to be an example of such potential.”
Martin Oberhofer, Rubner Haus's CEO