Prada Foundation. The campus of Modern Art in Milan

As we have told before, in the end of July, we spent a full week in Como, Italy. Further on, after enjoying sunny terraces of this small town, we were brave enough to visit Milan. Even though we stayed far from the city center, we were lucky to live just next to the Prada Foundation: the new campus of modern art.

Architecture & Style

Within the last 8 years, an architectural company, OMA, transformed the former distillery into a massive cultural center. They have successfully merged old buildings with new constructions and now the campus offers 11 000 square meters to art exhibitions. Additionally, a library, a cafeteria, and a cinema theater operate in the campus.

Prada Foundation is a combination of industrial and modern architecture

Consequently, campus of Prada Foundation is a combination of industrial and modern architecture. The main building is painted gold; memorable wooden tiles pave the roads between the buildings. Meanwhile, interiors of the cafeteria represent a classical, Italian style, created by a film director Wes Anderson. Unfortunately, navigation through the various hall of the campus is a bit confusing. Probably, since the place is still under development, the guidance system will improve in the future.

An elegant combination of modern and industrial architecture
An elegant combination of modern and industrial architecture
 Materials’ details used in the Prada Foundation campus
Materials’ details used in the Prada Foundation campus
Typical, Italian style cafeteria at Prada Foundation
Typical, Italian style cafeteria at Prada Foundation

Exhibitions

Generally, Prada Foundation is aiming to bring together different, at times controversial ideas. Displayed projects can be in a form of literature, cinema, music, art or science. Even though some of the exhibitions appeared plane at a first glance, there were some memorable creations. For instance, a mysterious installation Five Car stud by Edward Kienholz, strikingly resembling an atmosphere of an American horror movie scene!

Ida Broms, on behalf of Capture Design