PRADA FOUNDATION MUSEUM

PRADA FOUNDATION MUSEUM

Milan, ITALY
Architecture Studio: OMA

dott.gallina

When designing the Prada Museum project, the prestigious architecture firm OMA and architect Rem Koolhaas, had a precise plan: the new buildings would be built to complement the existing ones, composing different environments that coexist but remain distinct. They would function as a collection of original architectural spaces that would be exposed in the Museum. OMA’s concept for the museum entrance provided some primary functions and distribution inside translucent volumes, like sculptural monolithic prisms. These volumes were able to be created thanks to an innovative facade system with interior walls and ceilings made out of polycarbonate sheets able to interact with light. This project used polycarbonate for all the elements included in the walls: opening sides, ceilings, doors to a ticket desk and bookshop check-out, furniture, an elevator to the external roof with technical elements such as smoke blower covers PC sheets were selected for this project for their unique characteristics, unmatched by any other solution on the market of translucent elements for facades and roofing. The multiwall polycarbonate system used in this project is the first example of a self-standing system which does not require any metal supports. The wall thickness of 30cm was constructed with two external “skins” made with a multiwall polycarbonate panel (13mm and 60mm wall thickness), guaranteeing natural lighting and visitors’ comfort. A grey-matt surface finishing was specially designed for this system. The new support structure consists of transparent uprights. This solution allowed to eliminate metallic structures and chassis, otherwise visible in backlight. OMA’s goal was to hide from view the fastening elements of the outer panels at the same time eliminating an interrupted surface which led to the design of unique and innovative details, such as the vertical edges made by milling and continuous folding of the multi-wall panels, as the bottom and side guides embedded into the floors and walls. For the sealing of the edges, polycarbonate profiles hot folded were inserted into appropriate milling realized under the external surface of the panels. This solution has ensured the panels’ water resistance, thermal expansion and internal ventilation. The pleasant tactile and visual effect of the walls is enhanced by the details’ linearity and elegance: angles, arcs, insertions and combinations with other materials - details designed and manufactured under the careful and wise supervision of OMA architects.

  • Date: 25 Aug, 2015
  • Category: DESIGN
  • Client: dott.gallina