04 November 2019
Milan Triennale’s Theatre is undergoing a revamp and at the same time breathing new life into trees retrieved from forests flattened by windstorm Vaia in October 2018.
The project is part of a more extensive plan to refurbish the Palazzo dell'Arte, of which the theatre is an integral part, and restore its architectural splendour to the vision of Giovanni Muzio, who in 1933 handed it over to the City of Milan.
The Theatre was originally part of the Palazzo dell’Arte, a versatile construction designed to stage parallel events during the Triennale’s International Exhibitions. The building personifies a cutting-edge mind-set that was ahead of a trend that would later emerge in Europe: that of multipurpose cultural centres able to accommodate every artistic discipline.
The restyling, recently started under the supervision of Matteo Vercelloni and with the support of Luca Cipelletti as the artistic director, seeks essentially to recapture the building’s original design philosophy and bring back its versatile, flexible and modular characteristics.
The new Theatre not only aims to be more attractive and comfortable for audiences, but also more functional and capable of satisfying various technical requirements, from the acoustics, upgraded by Lucio Visintini of Concrete Acoustics and now taking the acoustic experience offered by the hall to a new level, to the lighting designed by Cinzia Ferrara, of studio Ferrara Palladino lightscape, based on the original stage lighting designed by Giovanni Muzio, together with five hundred stylish new grey armchairs in the stalls, balcony and gallery, designed by Poltrona Frau, and new banisters.
Perhaps the greatest impact comes from the boiserie supplied by the Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme, Italy’s largest certified community forest, and an institution located in province of Trento with a tradition that dates back almost a thousand years. The timber – also known as resonance wood – is of the highest quality and extremely rare; its properties, known and valued for centuries, make it famous as a material for producing the most superb soundboards and musical instruments.
The renovation of the theatre has been made possible thanks to the contribution of the Lombardy Region, UBI Banca, and the UBI Banca Popolare Commercio e Industria Foundation, and the support of FederlegnoArredo which, through its services company Federlegno Arredo Event, and the Salone del Mobile.Milano, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Triennale.
The entire project is expected to take a few years, but in the meantime these vital initial steps are well under way.
Triennale Milano Theatre
Viale Alemagna 6, Milan
Photo by Gianluca Di Ioia