FutureFest by Nesta

London, UK
6 July 2018

Knowledge Design Week 2018

Hong Kong, Hong Kong
13 June 2018



Turin, Italy


This project was conceived for an archi-enthusiast landlord with an unconventional brief: refurbish it and rent it out!

The MG Flat is an interior design project exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2004. There were only two materials used: plaster and low-cost industrial hardwood, from sawmill waste. The floor bends and becomes a bed, staircase and kitchen. The plastered wall plies and becomes a shelf, overhang, closet. Thanks to a video projector coupled with a rotating mirror (technology developed by IBM), any surface can be transformed into a screen. The apartment is built around one core ambient with low-rise partitions in order to enable visibility of most of the available surfaces. This allows the projection on almost any surface of the apartment creating a truly digital environment. Architecture of today is obsessed with the concept of structured surfaces – in the minimalist packaging of a shoebox or the surface of a ‘blob’.

On the contrary, our interest in this project is in the interplay between volume and surface.

  • CREDITScarlorattiassociati | walter nicolino & carlo ratti
    Team: Carlo Ratti, Chiara Morandini, Walter Nicolino.