Civic Places MYSTERIOUS BATHS. FORMER CAIMI POOL
2013-2016
MILANO, ITALY

Former Caimi Pool in Milan, designed by Ing. Secchi in 1939, suffered a decade of neglect and abandonment. From 2013 the Fondazione Pier Lombardo was in charge of reviving the entire sports complex renamed Mysterious Baths.

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Former Caimi Pool in Milan, designed by Ing. Secchi in 1939, suffered a decade of neglect and abandonment. From 2013 the Fondazione Pier Lombardo was in charge of reviving the entire sports complex renamed Mysterious Baths. It consists of a large pool of 50 m and a semi-circular pool surrounded by greenery, a locker room and the Palazzina (a building of 1,800 square meters). It falls in the cultural program of the Teatro Franco Parenti. The renovation of the pool and outdoor areas, as well as the technological upgrading of the original structures, the design of the green and open spaces, have given new life to this prestigious public space. From a material point of view all the proposed changes are part of a philosophy of preservation of the original architectural features and recognition of the added parts. The inclusion of two long glassed paths along the two bands of the cabins makes the complex accessible all year round for outdoor performances on mobile stages even over the water. The complex is open to the public from June 2016.

The Mysterious Baths are the winners of Vivaio Awards 2016, Milano - news of the year.

ARTISTIC SUPERVISION OF PROJECT
Andrée Ruth Shammah and Michele De Lucchi

REQUALIFICATION PROJECT
Michele De Lucchi, Giovanna Latis, Elena Martucci, Nicola Russi

PROJECT TEAM
Angelica Sylos Labini, Luca De Stasio, Pietro Ferrario, Mario Ventilato, Giulia Spagnolo, Filippo Meda, Nicola Boccadoro, Sara Casartelli, Matteo Del Marco,  Neri D'Alessandro, Vincenzo Vella

CONSULTANTS
Ricci SpA (building contractor); Beta Progetti, iDeas (MEP project - Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing); ing. Pietro Boerio (structural design project); ing. Valerio Arienti (direction of works); Gae Engineering Srl -  ing. Giuseppe Amaro, with Daniela Amato (fire prevention project)

CLIENT
Fondazione Pier Lombardo

CHRONOLOGY
2013-2015 (design); 2016 (completion)

PHOTOGRAPHY
Alessandra Chemollo