Alex Chinneck's "Unzipped Building" Arrives For Milan Design Week

Image courtesy of  Alex Chinneck Studio.

Image courtesy of Alex Chinneck Studio.

British sculptor Alex Chinneck has unzipped the façade of a building in Milan. In this project IQOS World Revealed, Chinneck constructed a traditional Milanese building and - via several gigantic zippers - opened the enclosed structure up through its façade and from within.

Image courtesy of  Alex Chinneck Studio.

Image courtesy of Alex Chinneck Studio.

Hanging beside the second floor windows is a gigantic zipper puller - the height of the floor if not higher - that was responsible to the unzipping. Inside the building, another two zippers opened two other parts of the building. One on the interior wall that opens its both sides.  Another, locating on the ground floor, created a half-opened circular area that looks a can lid, or - if try to put it romantically, Alice’s rabbit hole.

All these areas, seemingly “opened”, were used by Chinneck as an artistic device. Dreamy light leaks through these openings, giving a mysterious and surreal sense to this otherwise ordinary brick building. Chinneck explained that,

Image courtesy of  Alex Chinneck Studio.

Image courtesy of Alex Chinneck Studio.

“Through the repeated use of the zipper, we have opened up the fabric of a seemingly historic Milanese building to playfully re-imagine what lies behind its façade, floors and walls.”

This was not the first time Chinneck teared some building open. In summer 2018, he unzipped a 1960s office building in Kent, England; one year previous to that, he ripped another building façade apart. Other pieces by the artist also involving distortion of buildings, constructions, or large objects. An example would be A Bullet From A Shooting Star, in which he turned an electricity upside down and pushed it to an acute angle.

Image courtesy of  Alex Chinneck Studio.

Image courtesy of Alex Chinneck Studio.

BY KRISTINA BAO
Kristina is an editorial creative based in NYC.