The proposal refers to the new site for the laboratories and warehouses of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the extension of the surrounding Lambretta Park. The new structure has a front with a large portico, an urban element similar to a stage set, which appears unexpectedly in a context characterised by the fading of the city. The portico becomes a vital place to welcome visitors and staff, an unmistakable element of Milan’s theatrical architectural tradition.
It introduces the sequence of workshops that penetrates the lot in the aisles on the right, while the theatre spaces and rehearsal rooms are developed on the left side. In the centre is visible the deep passageway, lit up zenithally by the openings in the roof, which runs through the entire structure as far as the container depot on the opposite side. A sort of internal urban street that innervates the entire structure, linking the lift systems and lifts. Above the workshops is the volume of the tailoring and tooling rooms, which has a roof pierced by a series of patios.
The project preserves the structure of the Palazzo di Cristallo, the most evocative relic of the industrial past of the Rubattino area and in particular the activities of the Innocenti company. It is maintained and recovered as a scenography, behind and around which the backdrop of the Lambretta Park is organised, an opportunity for the regeneration of urban green spaces. The landscape design of the park develops in a more regular way inside the Palazzo di Cristallo and more fluid in the external parts, organised to welcome the city, city-users and spontaneous or organised activities.