Torre – Fondazione Prada

Torre – Fondazione Prada

Architect
OMA

Architectural Atelier Vertikali
Location
Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy | View Map
Project Year
2018
Category
Exhibition Centres
Bas Princen
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Torre – Fondazione Prada

OMA as Architects

Torre is the final section of a collection of different exhibition conditions that together define Fondazione Prada.

photo_credit Bas Princen
Bas Princen

Its rectangular plan is constructed on a wedge-shaped site, on the North-West corner of the Fondazione; the tower consists of alternating blocks of wedge-shaped-plans and rectangular floors that are cantilevered over Milan’s public space.

photo_credit Bas Princen
Bas Princen

At the rear, a diagonal structure emerging from the vastness of the Deposito pulls the tower back. To extend the typologies offered by the Fondazione, a series of systematic variations is applied: each next floor is taller than the previous one, rectangular plans alternate with wedge shapes, the orientation of the rooms alternates between panoramic city views to the North, or narrower views in opposite directions, East and West.

photo_credit Bas Princen
Bas Princen

Together these variations produce a radical diversity within a simple volume – so that the interaction between the spaces and specific events or works of art offer an endless variety of conditions…

At the base of the tower, a second entrance offers direct access to the tower, its restaurant and roof terrace, the experimental performance space of the Deposito, and to the other parts of the Fondazione. The staircase is the one element unifying all irregularities – its complexity lifts it beyond the typical pragmatic element, the staircase has become a highly charged architectural element.

photo_credit Bas Princen
Bas Princen

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