CasaSugar: What elements of The Borgias inspired your design?
Marc Thorpe: We focused on the subversive nature of the Catholic Church at the time of Rodrigo Borgias in Renaissance Italy.
CS: How did you translate your inspiration into the interiors?
MT: The symbolic interpretation of this subversion of the church is articulated by the subtle manipulation of the cross itself. The cross is presented as a collision between old and new media. Fusing together the traditional lighting technology of neon with high-resolution digital media projections, the space blurs the boundary between the physical and virtual, challenging the viewer to question reality.
Photo courtesy of Andrew French