Cultural Spaces GALLERIE D’ITALIA PIAZZA SCALA
2010-2012
PIAZZA DELLA SCALA, MILANO, ITALY

Located in central Milan, between Piazza della Scala, Via Manzoni and Via Morone, four very distinguished historic buildings – Anguissola (1775-78), Antona Traversi (1829), Brentani (1829) and Beltrami (1906-11) – were connected and renovated to house the Intesa Sanpaolo and Fondazione Cariplo collections of 19th and 20th century painting.

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Located in central Milan, between Piazza della Scala, Via Manzoni and Via Morone, four very distinguished historic buildings – Anguissola (1775-78), Antona Traversi (1829), Brentani (1829) and Beltrami (1906-11) – were connected and renovated to house the Intesa Sanpaolo and Fondazione Cariplo collections of 19th and 20th century painting. These buildings embody the city’s urban and architectural development between the end of the 18th century and the early decades of the 20th. The exhibition design is divided into sections, which take up and actualize the relation between the furniture and the architectural container peculiar to the period in which each palazzo was built.
Public access is from Piazza della Scala, where the old interiors of the Banca Commerciale Italiana were adapted to house the Novecento collections. Next, the Nineteenth century galleries, arranged according to subjects, follow an initial sequence of rooms in palazzo Anguissola Antona Traversi and continue, through a new glazed courtyard into a second suite of ten rooms in palazzo Brentani. The route concludes with a cafeteria and a bookshop facing Via Manzoni.

PROJECT
aMDL architetto Michele De Lucchi S.r.l. – Michele De Lucchi

PROJECT TEAM
Alberto Bianchi (project leader), Alessandro Ciancio, Greta Corbani, Alessandra De Leonardis, Alessandro Ghiringhelli, Alberto Nason, Laiza Tonali; Mercedes Jaén Ruiz (graphic design), Maddalena Molteni (graphic design), Francesco Faccin (model maker), Giuseppe Filippini (model maker)

CONSULTANTS
Adriano Caputo Studio Illumina (lighting design); Manens-Tifs Spa (technical installations); Ediltecno Restauri (building contractor); Sajni e Zambetti (structural framework); Ambro Elettrica Spa (electrical installations)

SUPPLIERS
Capoferri, Paolo Castelli Spa, Produzione Privata, Riva 1920

CLIENT
Intesa Sanpaolo Spa

AREA
Gallerie dell'Ottocento 1,670 m2 - Palazzo Beltrami 2,180 m2

CHRONOLOGY
2010-2011 design; 2011 completion Gallerie dell'Ottocento
2012 design and completion Palazzo Beltrami

PHOTOGRAPHY
Mario Carrieri

SKETCHES
Michele De Lucchi