temporary pavilion for the e-flux conversation series at Milano ArchWeek, Triennale di Milano, 2018


The TEATRINO is a temporary pavilion designed to host interviews and conversations on architecture – in presence of an audience of about 90 people – to be placed in front of the main entrance of the Triennale building in Milan. It consists of a base and an aerostat roofing structure.


The base is an octagonal structure hosting a circular cavea of about 50 square meters. The cavea is accessed through two small stairs on opposite sides. Interviewees and interviewers sit on the lowest step of the cavea, inside a circular space of 1.50 m in diameter. All the rest of the space, divided into 50 cm high and 75 deep steps, is reserved for the public. The structure of the entire base is a wooden frame covered with fir plywood panels for flooring and diagonal wooden slats for wall cladding.


The roof structure is made of 8 cables anchored at the top of the base and tensioned by a helium balloon of 5 m in diameter. The balloon is able to develop an upward force of 42 kilos. Along the cables there is a triangular wedges covering in micro-perforated nautical fabric (70 gr/m2) printed. The entire roof structure, from the anchorage base of the cables to the bottom of the ball, is 11 meters high and weighs about 16 kg.


The TEATRINO is designed as an immersive, participatory and symbolic space. A small pagan temple to celebrate the rite of the interview in its collective dimension.


client: e-flux Architecture, Milano ArchWeek

location: Triennale di Milano

collaborators: Chiara Crisà, Clémence Allegre

photos: Thelonious Goupil, Louis De Belle

partners: Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia – Innova FVG – Filiera del Legno FVG

construction: F.lli Vidoni Srl (wooden structure), Aeronord Aerostati (aerostat structure)


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Salottobuono is an architectural office run by Matteo Ghidoni in Milan. Salottobuono has served as editor of the “Instructions and Manuals” section of Abitare magazine (2007-10) and as creative director of Domus magazine (2011, 2012). The office has taken part in the Venice Biennale (2008, 2012, 2014), and designed the Italian Pavilion in 2010. Salottobuono published the “Manual of Decolonization” (2010) and “Fundamental Acts” (2016).


Matteo Ghidoni – architect – was a founding partner of the research agency Multiplicity from 2002 to 2006. His work with Multiplicity was exhibited at Kunstwerke in Berlin (2003), the Venice Biennale (2003), the Musée d’art moderne in Paris (2003), the ZKM in Karlsruhe (2004) and the Beijing Biennial (2004). Ghidoni founded the architectural office Salottobuono in 2005. He has been a guest professor at the Istituto Universitario d’Architettura di Venezia (Venice) in the Faculty of Architecture, the Politecnico in Milan, the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotà. He has given guest lectures at several schools and institutions including the Berlage Institute, Berkeley, and Columbia University. Ghidoni is co-founder and editor in chief of San Rocco, an independent international publication about architecture (www.sanrocco.info).