Fondazione Prada - Milano - Italy
“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.
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.
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.” “
- OMA Architects
[project selected by Federica Caruso]