- Livegreenblog not only Expo 2015. MUDEC Milan
MUDEC – Museo delle Culture is located in Via Tortona, Milan. The museum was designed by architect David Chipperfield inside the former Ansaldo industrial area and we were lucky enough to be given a sneak peek.
And boy, was it real eye-candy - particularly for anyone who is au fait with the works of this great British architect. A clean, bright structure that draws your eyes immediately to the staircase, not unlike the one at the Neues Museum in Berlin. This vertical entryway takes you up to the “cloud”, which is none other than a large, brightly lit plaza surrounded by very tall curvilinear glass walls that filter the natural light for a truly unique effect. Visitors enter the exhibition galleries from this hall and are immediately struck by the suggestive set-up of the current exhibition: “Africa. The Land of the Spirits”.
The ground-floor reception area of the MUDEC includes a conference hall/multifunctional space, educational facility, and a large workshop for kids, a bistro and the design store, while the auditorium is on the same level as the exhibition galleries. The third floor accommodates the restaurant.
We must point out that Chipperfield also designed the signage throughout the museum.
The concept of the Design Store - a real benchmark for contemporary design trends - references a "Wunderkammer", where wonderful objects sourced from all over the world and inspired by the museum collections greet visitors. This is open to the general public, as are the bistro and restaurant: an interesting way of reaching out to the city and attracting visitors.
This friendly approach is underscored by the “Mudec Art Wall”, part of the design store space showcasing flashes of the contemporary artwork of living artists.
The Mudec Art Wall will be opening on 23 July with a personal exhibition of Spider [Daniele Melani].
The MUDEC - not far from SpazioFMG per L'architettura - is well worth a visit.
Project: David Chipperfield
MUDEC, Museo delle Culture
Via Tortona, Milan, Italy
Images: Courtesy of MUDEC - photo by Oscar da Riz and Vincenzo Bruno
Find out more: www.mudec.it