The Fondazione Prada art compound is now complete with Rem Koolhaas’s nine story-tall Torre opened yesterday.
The 60-metre high tower has an irregular geometry, and each floor has individual spatial parameters.
“Each floor is taller than the other, at first compressed in space, then higher as you go along,” explains Koolhaas. “The compression has a direct effect on the works and collections. The effect of space on art – that was in a certain way the whole point of the whole foundation, to create a situation where it’s not necessarily that architecture serves art but it’s about the interaction between the two.”
The building displays a permanent exhibition of work spanning from 1960 to 2016, curated by Miuccia Prada and artistic and scientific superintendent Germano Celant, as well as temporary exhibitions featuring work from artists such as Carsten Höller, Jeff Koons and Mona Hatoum.
Six of the nine floors are dedicated to art, with a restaurant and bar occupying the sixth floor, and a 160sqm panoramic terrace and bar on the roof.
Established in 1993, Fondazione Prada is located in the south of Milan, and housed in a former gin distillery. The 19,000sqm arts compound now includes three contemporary buildings alongside its original structures, with Koolhaas’s Torre being the final addition.