Lifestyle » Fondazione Prada, cultural project
The new Milan venue of Fondazione Prada, conceived by architecture firm OMA—led by Rem Koolhaas—expands the repertoire of spatial typologies in which art can be exhibited and shared with the public. Articulated by an architectural configuration which combines preexisting buildings with three new structures, it is the result of the transformation of a former distillery dating back to the 1910’s. Located in Largo Isarco, in the South of Milan, the compound has a gross surface area of 19,000 m2/205,000 ft2, of which 11,000 m2/118,000 ft2 is dedicated as exhibition space.
The entrance building will welcome visitors to two new facilities, developed through special collaborations: a kids’ area designed by a group of students from the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles, and a bar where director Wes Anderson has recreated the typical mood of old Milan cafés.
The Accademia dei Bambini is Fondazione Prada’s first project created specifically for children, and was developed by the neuropediatrician Giannetta Ottilia Latis, who laid the theoretical and operational groundwork.
The architectural configuration of the space was conceived in collaboration with a group of eighteen twenty-year-old students from the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles, led by their teachers Cédric Libert and Elias Guenoun.The result is a space that takes on diverse configurations depending on the programs to be developed inside.
Accademia dei Bambini is an ideal environment for multidisciplinary activities to take place, not necessarily linked to art exhibitions but open to intergenerational dialogue as well as cultural and pedagogical debate on creativity, learning and sharing.
The Accademia will present free activities and laboratories conducted by a range of different experts: educators, artists, scientists, directors.
These “masters” will be capable not only of teaching or proposing techniques, but will also remain open to learning and applying new skills that the children may suggest.
The first teaching program will focus on playing with primary forms. Children will become familiar with the very concepts of space: the square from a two-dimensional point of view in order to arrive at an understanding of the cube as a three-dimensional space, and the house as a symbol of the self inserted into a large world and universe.
The proposed themes and materials will be represented periodically and exhibitions with the works created at the Accademia will also be presented at the end of each activity series.
Although the Accademia dei Bambini has its own specific headquarters, the project extends beyond its four walls and into shared spaces like the Cinema and open areas. The aim is to familiarize children with Fondazione Prada’s larger cultural project from both spatial and cultural points of view.
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