Milan’s art center opened in 2015 does not impress with a prime location in the city’s periphery but with a gold-plated tower: The Fondazione Prada consists of seven buildings with almost 19,000 square meters exhibition space for the nuggets of the foundation.
For star architect Rem Koolhaas the project was a challenge: he could have torn everything down. But he found it more exciting to turn the labyrinth-like buildings of a former distillery erected in 1910 into an art complex in which areas and buildings interact with each other and art and architecture challenge each other permanently.
American movie director Wes Anderson (known for „The Grand Budapest Hotel“ among others) designed the Bar Luce for the Fondazione Prada. It is a homage to Italian films from the 50s and 60s. The result is slightly kitschy but certainly worth seeing.
Rem Koolhaas, www.oma.eu
Wes Anderson, custom-made