Rem Koolhaas of OMA states that ‘The Fondazione is not a preservation project and not a new architecture.’
This project in Milan is the revitalisation of a series of former industrial distillery buildings, with 3 new buildings added – a large exhibition pavilion, a tower, and a cinema – resulting in a great diversity of spaces in which to display the works in the Prada collection along with newly curated projects in the future. It is a clever interplay between the old and the new, the industrial and artistic and the architectural and the ‘found’ – all in a stripped-back modern language that OMA have become masters of… and a touch of good just to get people talking! It is Milan after all.
The Fondazione Prada is interested in ‘ideas’ and intends to pursue ‘a new way of sharing ideas’.
There is also a bar designed by film director Wes Anderson called Bar Luce, that seemingly recreates an old Milanese cafe, and look like it is well worth a visit.
Place: Fondazione Prada
Review: New York Times
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