On the occasion of Milan Design Week 2018, MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong has realized an immersive art installation for AUDI.

“Fifth Ring” creates a new dimension inside the courtyard of Milan’s historic Seminario Arcivescovile – a seminary built in 1564 for St. Carlo Borromeo. The presence of the circular ring inside the square of the courtyard’s four walls stands as a symbol of mankind’s continued search for perfection, while also defining a new dimension for the traditional courtyard.

 AUDI Unveils Fifth Ring Installation By MAD architects At Milan Design Week

From a bird’s-eye view, the large suspended ring of light acts as an architectural, fifth façade. But from the ground, the illuminated circle frames the sky, drawing the viewer to look upwards, towards the infinite universe.

Pools of water give off spectacular reflections, forming an infinite perception of space between the ring of light, the water and the sky, giving visitors the feeling they are walking amongst the clouds. As it looms above, the “Fifth Ring” acts as a portal to a fifth dimension, opening up the dialogue between humans and the celestial unknown.

  AUDI Unveils Fifth Ring Installation By MAD architects At Milan Design Week

images courtesy of AUDI MAD Architects | aerial view © Moreno Maggi
Location: Seminario Arcivescovile – Corso Venezia, 11, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Desgn Team: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano, Marco Gastoldi, Andrea D’Antrassi, Casey Kell, Connor Hymes
Engineering: Maco Technology
Light Design: Artemide