TEATRO ARMANI
Via Bergognone, 59 - 20100 MILANO (MI)
   
Entrance corridor
Source of photograph: Sebastiano Brendolini, "Milano Nuova Architettura", Skira, Milano 2005
TYPE:
• Culture
• Theater

CURRENT USE:
• Theater

HISTORICAL USE:
• Nestlè factory

LEGAL STATUS:
• Property of Armani

PLAN AND CONSTRUCTION 2000 - 2001
• Tadao Ando

In 2000, Armani chose to leave the famous Teatrino of via Borgonuovo 21 in favor of a new, more metropolitan and minimalist space in an abandoned former factory, that of Nestlé in via Borgognone 59: the recovery project was commissioned to one of the brightest stars of the international galaxy, Tadao Ando.The Nestlè area, in turn, would soon be in a strategic position, since the recovery of nearby Ansaldo – designed by David Chipperfield – transformed the whole block into a true “city of culture”, with the migration of some important museums (the new archaeological museum, the center of extra-European cultures, the visual arts study center, the school of cinema and the puppet laboratory).

The Teatro Armani is the first example in Milan of industrial architecture recycled for artistic purposes.

The Japanese architect Tadao Ando, who, like Armani, is famous for his taste for simplicity and purity in design, has conceived a mixture of concrete, water and light, the three elements that are always protagonists in his projects for the revitalization of this space.

The 3400 square meters of the Teatro Armani are located in a larger area of 12,000 square meters, formerly occupied by one of Nestlé plants.

The entrance, through the long colonnade, leads to the arc-shaped foyer. From here, you can access the theater, which can seat up to 1000 people.

Designed as a flexible and multifunctional space, the Theater has been planned as the venue for various events, including, of course, fashion shows. The principle behind Ando’s project, therefore, is very simple: making the adjustment of the space possible to a myriad of different events.

So, great flexibility is expressed in the space between the theater and the perimeter of the old factory, and also inside the theater, where the terrace seats allow for different configurations and the relationship between the actor and the audience is different every time.

Great attention has been also paid to lighting, by making a powerful light control system, which can be expanded – without interfering with the architectural space – and upgraded to the user’s current needs, including those still to arise.


How to get there:
Overground lines: 50 - 61 - 68 - 14

Modern architecture in the surrounding areas:
Bergognone 53; Dada Cafè inside Superstudiopiù; Fondazione Pomodoro

Sources:
Sebastiano Brandolini, Milano Nuova Architettura, Skira, Milano 2005


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