• OBR Paolo Brescia Tommaso Principi Villa Reale Monza

Villa Reale Monza

The restoration of the Villa Reale Museum of Monza and its gardens is looming as a project of major significance to Italian artistic and cultural history, with the goal of returning this precious monument to regional and international reality. The historical villa was originally designed by Piermarini as a unified complex articulated by a system of courts which open on to the landscape. The project restores the original idea of Piermarini, enhancing the historical court system through a multi-purpose functional program with diversified and complementary uses. In addition to the preservation and renovation of the villa and its historic gardens, the project envisions the connection between various courts (and their new features) by a single foyer which is design entirely underground in the central court to avoid modifying the historic front of the villa. Through a particular design of the flows, avoiding any intersections between different functional pathways, it is possible to integrate the various functional cores to form a unique large and integrated complex, according to the original idea of Piermarini and without altering the historical characteristics of the monument.

OBR design team:
Paolo Brescia e Tommaso Principi
Paolo Salami
Antonio Bergamasco
Pelayo Bustillo
Elena Martinez
Francesco Pipitone
Giulio Pons

Project team:
Studio Albini
Rick Mather Architects Ltd
Michel Desvigne
Favero & Milan Ingegneria S.p.A.
Noorda Design
Aubry Guiguet Programmation
Anna Lucchini
Carlo Bertelli

Regione Lombardia
Comune di Monza


site area 485.000 sqm
built area 50.000 sqm

2004 International design competition (2nd prize)