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Fondazione Prada / OMA

  • 12:00 - 7 May, 2015
Fondazione Prada / OMA
Fondazione Prada / OMA, © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada
© Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada

© Charlie Koolhaas - OMA © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano, Italy
  • Partners in Charge

    Rem Koolhaas, Chris van Duijn
  • Project leader

    Federico Pompignoli
  • Preliminary Design Team

    Sam Aitkenhead, Doug Allard, Andrea Bertassi, Aleksandr Bierig, Eva Dietrich, Paul-Emmanuel Lambert, Jonah Gamblin, Takuya Hosokai, Stephen Hodgson, Jan Kroman, Jedidiah Lau, Francesco Marullo, Vincent McIlduff, Alexander Menke, Aoibheann Ni Mhearain, Sophie van Noten, Jan Pawlik, Rocio Paz Chavez, Christopher Parlato, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Dirk Peters, Andrea Sollazzo, Michaela Tonus, Jussi Vuori, Luca Vigliero, Mei-Lun Xue
  • Final Project Team

    Anna Dzierzon, Jonah Gamblin, Ross Harrison, Hans Hammink, Matthew Jull, Taiga Koponen, Vincent Konate, Andres Mendoza, Susanan Mondejar, Vincent McIlduff, Sasha Smolin, Michaela Tonus
  • Area

    18900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Construction documentation

    Katarina Barunica, Marco Cimenti, Cecilia Del Pozo Rios, Anita Ernodi, Felix Fassbinder, Peter Feldmann, Siliang Fu, Romina Grillo, Jonah Gamblin, Clive Hennessey, Taiga Koponen, Roy Lin, Debora Mateo, Vincent Mc Ilduff, Andres Mendoza, Arminas Sadzevicius, Magdalena Stanescu, Lingxiao Zhang
  • Construction Administration

    Mateo Budel, Marco Cimenti, Andrea Giovenzana, Nicolas Lee, Victor Pricop, Pawel Panfiluk
  • Client

    Fondazione Prada
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada
© Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada

From the architect. It is surprising that the enormous expansion of the art system has taken place in a reduced number of typologies for art's display. To apparently everybody’s satisfaction, the abandoned industrial space has become art’s default preference -- attractive because its predictable conditions do not challenge the artist’s intentions -- enlivened occasionally with exceptional architectural gestures.

Axonometric - © OMA
Axonometric - © OMA

The new Fondazione Prada is projected in a former industrial complex too, but 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.

© Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada
© Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada

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.

© Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada
© Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada
Ground Floor Plan - © OMA
Ground Floor Plan - © OMA
© Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada
© Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada

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.

© Charlie Koolhaas - OMA
© Charlie Koolhaas - OMA
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DWF · May 08, 2015

why are no pictures of the tower? both here, oma website and other sites

Zapp · May 08, 2015 02:34 PM

The tower is still in an early stage of construction.


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