Critique at University of Virginia
Critique at University of Virginia

Palazzo Brera – Palazzo Citterio: Design for new museum and exibition spaces, Brera, Milan

This project was developed by luigi filippo santilli as a student from Politecnico di Milano and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Facilities category.

In Brera, a troubled series of events, ranging from continuous controversy between the various institutions to a long sequence of completed and incomplete architectural interventions, has clearly compromised the character of the building where the individual parts find a dialog that, although surviving intact in the urban dimension, is ultimately lost in the fruition and final experience of the visitor.

The project starts from the desire to possibly maintain some of the Academy’s activities in its own historical site whilst transferring others to the barracks of Via Mascheroni. Furthermore, the project intends to give Palaz-
zo Citterio a new museum function aimed at the acquisition of more space to be made available to Brera’s Pinacoteca. The annexation of the Palace and its garden to the complex carried out by the project involves a general redefinition of all public spaces (either open or closed) that in one way or another come into contact with these two realities, close from the urban point of view but distant in architectural and spatial terms. Scope of the project is also to re-establish that delicate relationship between artistic production, academic education and public fruition that in the centuries has characterized, even architecturally, the spirit of the building and that today finds itself neglected due to the reasons of institutions which, while claiming their own independence, seem to forget that they have actually been born to support and feed each other.

The project provides a direct link between the already known spaces of the Pinacoteca and the areas of for- thcoming annexation by means of a newly conceived exhibition path which would allow for the re-evaluation of architectural and landscape presences that today, by their nature or for administrative reasons, are presented more as discordant realities than harmonic entities.