Alice Bleton


Prizes: Rene Smeets Award Nominee

Department: Public Private

Monade Capsule

Mercato – Market
Viale Monza, 54

Sensory stimuli help us to communicate with the world around us and make sense of it all. So it’s unfortunate that, despite all the good intentions embodied in open-plan offices and French balconies, we spend most of the day inside, separated from cityscapes, sounds and smells.

With Monade Capsule, a transparent rooftop pod, Alice Bleton offers a new perspective on our daily urban reality, thanks to a design based on survival construction — think bunkers, space ships, and submarines. “It’s an urban refuge that can be plugged into buildings with a flat roof or terrace,” she explains. “It becomes both an observatory and escape for the locals, and allows for a fresh viewpoint on the frenzy below that otherwise is not to be seen.”

In a busy context like the Milanese market, the pod acts as an introspective retreat with a surprising perspective on a rarely-seen landscape. But Bleton also imagines a network of pods in and around Via Crespi, which would not only allow us to observe reality differently, but would also open up the locality in a new way: embrace your habitat! “Monade Capsule offers a physical and conceptual reflection on urban growth and contemporary city dwelling,” she says.

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