VOCE is a cafeteria and restaurant-bistro located in the building owned by Intesa Sanpaolo in piazza Scala, which also houses the Gallerie d’Italia.
The spacious interior is directly accessible both from Piazza Scala and from via Manzoni. A marble corner staircase leads straight to the long counter, whose perspective heightens the monumentality of the entrance and adjacent rooms. Displayed on wide shelves, behind the black marble and pewter counter, are objects and products of the cafeteria. On the left is the entrance to the restaurant-bistro and its cutting-edge kitchen, enclosed by glass walls in a metal framework. Through this glazing can be witnessed the art of cooking, its expertise and exquisite sensitivity in the composition of tastes and colours. On the right is the bookshop, which connects the area of conviviality with that of the museum.
All these rooms are pervaded by an early twentieth-century atmosphere, in total harmony with the building and its exhibition spaces; an atmosphere reminiscent of the splendours attained by the Milanese upper classes in the last century. With generously extensive, tall rooms and coffered false ceilings, impressive stone columns and floors in botticino marble and parquet. The lighting is suffused with subtly distributed accents on the staircase, counter and tables. The kitchens appear at the centre of an ideal stage that spotlights the performance of a culinary culture.
aMDL architetto Michele De Lucchi Srl – Michele De Lucchi
Angelo Micheli (studio director), Alberto Bianchi (art director), Federica Cevasco (project architect), Alberto Nason
2018 design and completion