Known for his contribution to the Graffiti community with the expansive All City Writers project, one of the most extensive documentation about Graffiti, it might be easy to simply identify http://andreacaputo.com”>Andrea Caputo as a photographer, a journalist, or a graffiti aficionado. However, Andrea Caputo is also a skilled architect. Knowing that, Nike Stadiums has invited Caputo on board to create a stand which hosted hundreds of people in Milan for the duration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Nike Stadiums has recently interviewed Caputo regarding his work for Nike Stadium Milan. The interview and inside look (courtesy of photographer Midori Hasuike) at the space are available after the jump.via: http://nikestadiums.com/2010/07/20/andrea-caputo-for-stadium-milan/”>Nike Stadiums
Andrea, can you tell us the principles that marked your work while creating the metal stand placed at Nike Stadium Milan?
It had to be a light and feasible construction, able to recall the shape of a real stadium stand and in need to fit a room with walls not perfectly parallel between each other.
Not to be ignored, this room works usually also as a connection between different areas of the Nike Stadium and is dominated by an interesting skylight that drives people’s attention. The stand in fact is a way to get closer to that skylight, just as it helps you to have a better perspective on what’s happening in the room.
It’s built using a punched metal sheet (60/40 the full/vacuum ratio) that allows you to see through: it’s more a transparent filter than a monolitic object impacting the whole planimetry.
How would you like it to be used?
This stand might have a twofold bent. The internal section works as an intimate and secluded place, an area adaptable to almost any kind of display.
The external section is inevitably in relationship with the video wall in front of it (actually, that’s the place where the games were screened) but I can imagine it also being used as a sort of domestic environment, let’s say an extended living room or an open space studio where to work together and share ideas.
In your opinion, what goals Nike Stadium Milan should aim for?
Considering the way it has been conceived, I’d say it’s one of the very few private buildings with a strong propensity as a public space. That’s really rare. It’s just a matter of making the clear statement that it’s a place likely to be used and enjoyed on a daily basis, let alone specific events or programmaed exhibitions.