Promoted by Fondazione Tassara for Bergamo Brescia 2023 Capitale Italiana della Cultura, MITA Museo Internazionale del Tappeto Antico has been designed by OBR as a place for art open to the city. The idea is to create a cultural center which is also the house of the extraordinary collection of Romain Zaleski, the largest private collection of antique carpets in the world, over 1330 works from Asia, Europe and Africa.

The architecture and the collection are combined in terms of complementarity and mutual appreciation: all parts are related to each other through the void of the central court open to the public space.

“Recessing from the street, the museum returns to the public domain a new piazza, open to the city, where having the pleasure to meet and to stay, celebrating a renewed rite of urbanity”, stated Arch. Paolo Brescia.

MITA is also a social place. It is not just a building, but a relationship. It doesn’t serve a purpose, but it allows it. It is also a place of innovation and creation, a studio for video art inspired by the majestic ancient carpets collection, reviewed with the most recent digital technologies.

MITA S.r.l. Impresa Sociale
Presidente Flavio Pasotti
Direttrice Elena Balduzzi

Romain Zaleski

Video Artist:
Vladimir Zaleski

Giovanni Valagussa

Project team:
OBR, Paolo Brescia, Tommaso Principi, Andrea Casetto
Lombardini 22
Nuova Tecnologia

Crea S.r.l., Falar S.r.l.

Via Sostegno 32, Brescia

1346 sqm site area
745 sqm built area
2023 Completion
2022 Concept design, Schematic design, Technical design
2021 Design competition (1st prize)