Cultural Spaces RENOVATION AND ENLARGEMENT OF THE FRANCO PARENTI THEATRE, CITTADELLA DELLO SPETTACOLO
2004-2008
MILANO, ITALY

The Franco Parenti Theatre is one of the historic institutions of independent and experimental theatre in Milan.

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The Franco Parenti Theatre is one of the historic institutions of independent and experimental theatre in Milan.
After its renovation, the ex-Salone Pier Lombardo now includes three theatre auditoriums, two foyers, two rehearsal rooms, new dressing rooms and offices, a restaurant and a cafeteria.
The theatre auditoriums are built around the large new foyer, the heart of the Cittadela dello Spettacolo, organised on different levels. The Main Hall is equipped with a system of mobile platforms allowing total movement of the tiered seating to suit the type of performance or event. Of the two smaller auditoriums, one is a circle theatre for straight drama, and the other is combined with a restaurant for cabaret and light entertainment. The atmosphere is again that of a theatre workshop, using raw materials, convertible spaces and lighting adaptable to diverse situations.

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

PROJECT TEAM
Giovanna Latis (project leader), Andrea Cocco, Silvia Figini, Sergio Virdis, Andrea Stefani

CONSULTANTS
Gian Maurizio Fercioni (theatre consultant); Marcello Iazzetti - Teatro Franco Parenti (theatre systems); ing. Manuela Fantini - S.C.E. snc (structural framework); Piccini sas, Beta progetti (electrical installations); Digierre 3, Beta Progetti (mechanical installations); Modulo Uno Spa (acoustic consultant)

SUPPLIERS
De Padova (furnishings), Gufram (furnishings), iGuzzini (lighting), Artemide (lighting)

CLIENT
Fondazione Pier Lombardo

AREA
5,200 m2

CHRONOLOGY
2004-2005 design; 2008 completion

PHOTOGRAPHY
Mario Carrieri