• OBR Paolo Brescia Tommaso Principi Museo Diocesano Milano entrance
  • OBR Paolo Brescia Tommaso Principi Museo Diocesano Milano
  • OBR Paolo Brescia Tommaso Principi Museo Diocesano Milano
  • OBR Paolo Brescia Tommaso Principi Museo Diocesano Milano

Museo Diocesano

The project lies in Porta Ticinese, a vital hub for social and cultural interaction in the city of Milan and an extraordinary treasure chest for observing the energy flow of the city. The aim is to catch this site characteristic creating through the museum a vibrant place “full of world”. On an urban scale the new addition to the Diocesan Museum proposes a way of sewing up together Porta di Ticinese, the park and the monumental basilica of Sant’Eustorgio. To do this the new museum redefines the city block aligning the front to Porta Ticinese street, extends the public space between city and park and rearranges the fourth side of the historical cloister destroyed in the second world war. Architecturally the project features a continuous surface that links various functional levels, generating a continuum between the city and the park through the museum. The design configuration allows higher density towards the urban street with increasing fluidity towards the park. The morphology of the project creates a system of visual and spatial relationships that define a new urban public space suspended between the city and the park. This procedure allows access to the museum along a single high-use public space (between Porta Ticinese and Parco delle Basiliche). The foyer presents as a great hall on three levels, serving both the museum and extra-institutional activities (conferences, workshops, cafeteria, bookshop). From the foyer starts an indoor promenade which offers the visitors a constant relationship with the park and, at the same time, it shows the vitality of its internal functioning. Within the museum complex there is a space provided for “unwinding” towards the historic cloister: it is a place of meditation that also gives the visitor an amazing view of the historic and monumental Sant’Eustorgio complex. These urban places contribute - directly or indirectly - to improving the identity and the emotional well-being of the citizens who frequent them. The architecture is designed to integrate functions, stimuli and pathways, inviting and encouraging contemplation and creating environment for social interaction and exchange in the community.

OBR design team:
Paolo Brescia e Tommaso Principi
Michele Renzini
Anna Baumgartner
Giuseppe Castellaneta
Giulia Carravieri
Julissa Gutarra
Leonardo Mader
Laura Mezquita
Francesco Vinci

Project team:
Carlotta de Bevilacqua
Aubry & Guiguet Programmation
ecoLogic Studio
Systematica S.p.A.
Paolo Maria Inghilleri
Mimmo Paladino

Comune di Milano
Fondazione Sant’Ambrogio

Porta Ticinese, Milano

site area 4.600 sqm
built area 4.600 sqm

2007 International design competition (3rd prize)