ingo maurer: broken egg architectural installation for artpark in inhotim ingo maurer: broken egg architectural installation for artpark in inhotim
apr 20, 2013

ingo maurer: broken egg architectural installation for artpark in inhotim

broken egg architectural installation for artpark in inhotimimage © designboom




munich-based designer ingo maurer has presented at this year’s milan design week his concept for the seemingly jovial structure to be built in theart park in inhotim, brazil. the design of a large scale architectural rendition of a ceramic table lamp called ‘broken egg’ from 1996 will greet visitorswith a curious wonder, using the egg’s natural geometries to create a quite incredible interior auditorium space. an organic fissure runs across curvingroof and wall letting in only a sliver of light that reveals the volumetric expanse of interior space, but also draws a powerful ray of light to the exteriorfrom the activity inside. the approach is reminiscent of an alien aircraft’s entrance stairs from an old science fiction movie, perhaps lending to themysterious nature of its origins. the long entry stairs colored a vivid red gradually separate the guest from the ground plane and dramatically allowthe egg structure to grow in size as they approach the entrance through the middle of the interior seating structure. the primary platform is similar to a plate elevated above the rounded ground level, not quite reaching the edges of the envelope suggesting an infinite space.



exhibition of the architectural installation project at ingo maurer’s show inside the spazio krizia, during milan design week



interior platform modelimage © designboom



entrance sectionimage © designboom



exterior with crackimage © designboom



light expressed on the exterior through the fissureimage © designboom



front elevationimage © designboom



installation modelimage © designboom



entrance progressionimage © designboom



image © designboom



preliminary sketchesdrawing © by ingo maurer / atelier oneimage © designboom


sections and roof plandrawing © by ingo maurer / atelier oneimage © designboom


floor plansdrawing © by ingo maurer / atelier oneimage © designboom



see the first of the ‘broken egg’ lamps created by ingo maurer in 1996, a table version exhibited at milan design week in 2009.


‘broken egg’ limited edition for at the fondazione carispe in la spezia, italy


like in piero della francesca’s painting, maurer devised an egg  specifically as an transcendental piece. to fulfill his vision of a flawed egg, the designer experimented with broken eggshells and the tension that is required to prevent fragmentation. the surface of the object consists of crushed eggshells, while the overall installation at the fondazione carispe in la spezia, italy includes two large wall mirrors which reproduce the image into infinity.



‘broken egg’ limited edition for at the fondazione carispe in la spezia, italy




detail of piero della francesca’s montefeltro altarpiece, 1465, pinacoteca di brera, milansee the painting here.



in art history, certain symbols are more commonly encountered, often continuing a tradition of depiction that can be traced back beyond into antiquity. the use of ornamental egg-shaped objects suspended within sacred buildings is one of these transcendental symbols.


one such enduring mystery is the egg suspended from the ceiling in piero della francesca’s montefeltro altarpiece. acursory analysis may state that the egg is well known symbol of fertility and birth. other readings see this object as a large pearl, which along with the shell represented in the architectural features behind may represent purity.

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