Fondazione Prada, Milan
Largo Isarco 2 – Milano
45° 28′ 0″ N, 9° 11′ 0″ E
Conceived by architecture firm OMA – led by Rem Koolhaas – the new Milan venue of Fondazione Prada has been created by combining seven existing buildings with three new structures (Podium, Cinema and Torre), which has seen the transformation of 19,000m² of former distillery building dating from 1910 to a contemporary home for art exhibitions.
The variation in spaces have been reinforced by the constraints of the existing buildings and the wide variety of materials in the architects palette. The project is described by Koolhaus as:
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, or allow any part to dominate the others.
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Internal view of the Podium with the Biblioteca beyond. William N Copley exhibition image wrapping the drum on the left
View along Cisterna building back towards the Podium and Haunted House.
Internal view of the Haunted House’s lift core and stair.
View along Cinema building back towards the Podium and Haunted House.
Detail of the Haunted House
Internal view of the Deposito with the internal gold gilt wall of the Haunted House predominating.
Renovated Biblioteca leading to the main ticket office
View of staircase soffit off of the ticket hall.
Mirrored elevation of cinema building showing the Podium and Haunted House in the reflection.
View of the entrance into the Fondazione past the Haunted House and the Podium.
View between the Cinema and Cisterna buildings. Under construction Torre visible on left hand side.
View of Sud building past the access stair to Cisterna. Surrounding landscape currently under construction.
Exit from the first floor of the podium is via this external staircase clad in materials you would usually expect on a building site!
Details of cobble stones, timber sets, aluminium
The striking gold leaf of the Haunted House