Exhibition at Salone Internazionale del Mobile

Exhibition at Salone Internazionale del Mobile Milan, Palazzo Isimbardi. Tulip Umbrellas Type E. ( Photo © : Urban Zintel )

A camel through the eye of a needle ... There is no better technical, architectural and logistically more challenging framework for the installation of large size umbrellas than a Renaissance palazzo, protected as a historical monument, located in the congested downtown Milan. Narrow roads, tight transport routes, and strict historical building preservation guidelines rendered the setup of four XXL tulip umbrellas a hard-to-solve challenge. The result could be seen at the Palazzo Isimbardi, the seat of the Lombardic provincial government in the heart of the Milanese city center, during the Milan Furniture Fair in April of 2010 in a spectacular exhibition of several furniture manufacturers and design partners. The custom-tailored installation of tulip umbrellas, each measuring 8 m x 8 m, perfectly fits in the inner courtyard and the arched Renaissance arcades complemented the high-tech architecture of the umbrella landscape consummately. For visitors, the effect was impressing.

Expansion of usable space through weather protection – The reward for the joint efforts was a substantial expansion of usable space of the magnificent inner courtyard to protect the sensitive exhibits from the sun, wind, and rain. Tulip umbrellas of this magnitude require large load transfers on the ground. Despite their temporary use and precision-fit installation, they are not allowed to touch the surrounding façades and must be exceptionally stably anchored. Meeting these standards requires precise advance statics planning and accurate realization at the construction site. The installation demonstrated MDT’s exceptional expertise in the integration of large umbrellas within a difficult infrastructure.
Competence MDT
 MDT "Textile Architecture"

Exhibition at Salone Internazionale del Mobile Milan
Palazzo Isimbardi

Landscape, Temporary architecture