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Fondazione Prada in Milan

New Building in former gin distillery, Lombardy, North Italy design by OMA Architects

7 Feb 2017

Fondazione Prada Milano Shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe 2017 Award

Fondazione Prada Milano is one of 40 shortlisted works competing for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, announced by the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.

Mies van der Rohe 2017 Award Shortlist

7 Jan 2017

Fondazione Prada Milano

Fondazione Prada, Milan

Architects: OMA

The Fondazione is not a preservation project and not a new architecture. Two conditions that are usually kept separate here confront each other in a state of permanent interaction – offering an ensemble of fragments that will not congeal into a single image.

Fondazione Prada Milan building

Photos © Bas Princen

The new Fondazione Prada is projected in a former industrial complex, one with an unusual diversity of spatial environments. To this repertoire, we are adding three new buildings – a large exhibition pavilion, a tower, and a cinema – so that the new Fondazione Prada represents a genuine collection of architectural spaces in addition to its holdings in art.

Fondazione Prada Milan building

New, old, horizontal, vertical, wide, narrow, white, black, open, enclosed – all these contrasts establish the range of oppositions that define the new Fondazione. By introducing so many spatial variables, the complexity of the architecture will promote an unstable, open programming, where art and architecture will benefit from each other’s challenges.

Fondazione Prada Milan building

Located in a former gin distillery dating from 1910 in the Largo Isarco industrial complex on the southern edge of Milan, the new home of Fondazione Prada is a coexistence of new and regenerated buildings including warehouses, laboratories and brewing silos, as well as new buildings surrounding a large courtyard.

Fondazione Prada Milan building

The complex aims to expand the repertoire of spatial typologies in which art can be exhibited. The project consists of seven existing buildings, and three new structures: Podium, a space for temporary exhibitions; Cinema, a multimedia auditorium; and Torre, a nine-story permanent exhibition space for displaying the foundation’s collection and activities.

Fondazione Prada Milan building

Within the perimeter of the site existed two freestanding structures. One was demolished, enabling the courtyard to become a significant element for open-air use. The Deposito, on the west edge of the complex, is adapted for the Fondazione’s collection, arranged in a hybrid of storage and display.

Fondazione Prada in Milan

The Cisterna, East of the Great Hall is divided in three rooms with interior ‘pulpits’ connected to an exterior balcony. The Cinema acts as an autonomous cell within the compound. With large bi-fold doors, it can be instantly connected to the courtyard.

Fondazione Prada in Milan

Inside, the raked seating can be converted into a flat floor, allowing the space to be used for staging outdoor events or as additional, covered gallery space.

Fondazione Prada in Milan

Four ‘houses’ facing the courtyard to the north accommodate Fondazione offices and permanent galleries. Within their confines sits the ‘Haunted House’, an existing building covered in gold leaf.

Fondazione Prada in Milan

Adjacent, the Podium forms the center of the compound, sitting at the intersection of the two perpendicular axes through the site. This addition combines a fully glazed, column-free podium on the ground floor, with an aluminum foam clad gallery resting on top.

Fondazione Prada in Milan

Fondazione Prada Milano – Building Information

Name of work: Fondazione Prada
Location: Milan, Italy
Year completed: 2015 (Year began 2014)
Studio: OMA
Authors: Rem Koolhaas (1944 The Netherlands); Chris van Duijn (1975 The Netherlands); Federico Pompignoli (1978 Italy)

Fondazione Prada in Milan

Local Executive Architect: Massimo Alvisi , Alvisi Kirimoto & Partners , Atelier Verticale Structural engineering: Favero & Milan Mechanical: Prisma Engineering Consulting: GAD , dUCKS Scéno Acoustical: Level Acoustics Fire consulting: GAE Engineering

Fondazione Prada in Milan

Program: Culture
Labels: Culture Centre, Foundation
Total area: 22.680
Usable floor area: 28.340
Client: Fondazione Prada
Client Type: private
Map: LatLng: (45.44421, 9.205370000000016)

Fondazione Prada in Milan

Fondazione Prada in Milan Nominated for Mies van der Rohe 2017 Awards

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Address: Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano, Italy
Phone: +39 02 5666 2611

Prada Foundation, Milan, Italy
Prada Foundation Milan

Location: Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milan, Lombardy, northern Italy, southerm Europe

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