ERCO lighting tools in one of the most dramatic museum projects this year: Designed by star architect and Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Rem Koolhaas (OMA/Rotterdam), the Fondazione Prada in Milan presents high-quality art across almost 20,000sqm – illuminated perfectly with state-of-the-art ERCO LED lighting technology.
When this year’s Venice Art Biennale opened its doors in May, so did a spectacular new museum venue in the south of Milan: The expansive complex, designed by Dutch star architect Rem Koolhaas practically as a city of art in the city, arose from the transformation of a distillery dating back to around 1910. The gigantic “creative playground of fashion designer Miuccia Prada”, as it was termed by the Italian newspaper ‘la Repubblica’, encompasses around 18,000 sqm of exhibition space as well as further outdoor areas open to the public. Next to the Fondazione Prada in Venice, located at the Ca’ Corner della Regina on the Canal Grande, which is dedicated primarily to contemporary art from Prada’s own collection, the Milan venue of the luxury brand’s foundation is designed as a multifunctional space for arts and culture. With this in mind, Rem Koolhaas combined seven existing buildings of the historic industrial complex with three new structures: a nine-storey white tower, a cinema, and a sleek glass box gallery called the Podium, which forms the central section of the museum showcasing exhibits from the Fondazione’s own collection alongside artwork from international museums. The complex is also home to a library and a museum café styled by American film director Wes Anderson as a typical Milanese café.