Design for Urban Living

Prada Museum


Posted on August 6th, by David Bjorngaard in Here/There, The Moment. No Comments

I had never seen in person a building by OMA, but as a student I was a huge fan of the work, especially the Maison Bordeaux house, which I studied, analyzed and emulated in all its glory. And thanks to EuroWest, I was traveling in Milan, with a chance to visit the Prada Museum, designed by OMA and recently opened in time for Milan Expo. To finally see in person OMA’s work was a great surprise, providing encouragement for me to continue in a modernist vein of design: modernist organization, simplification, and clarification of design with richly detailed, original and varied materiality. The Prada Museum especially excels at the juxtaposition of materiality: travertine and plexi-glass, steel and glass, end-grained lumbered and metal grating, concrete and hollow-core plastic. This museum is a dream for someone who loves thoughtful use of materials. So I’m not going to bore you anymore with my inadequate words…here it is…enjoy!

Prada exterior view

Haunted House and entrance at the Prada Museum, Milan

The Haunted House was a  mirage in the heat wave: gold covered, and shimmering with light.

Foamed metal at the Prada Museum, Milan

Much of the new construction was made in “oamed’ metal, with pavers in end-grain lumber.

Classical  sculpture at the Prada Museum, Milan

Classical sculpture on display on travertine floors raised on plexiglass: the materials of classicism and modernity.

Classical sculpture at the Prada Museum, Milan

Authentic and reproduction sculpture side-by-side, while the real travertine’s honey comb support structure is on display, not hidden.

Classical arches reimagined at the Prada Museum, Milan

Classical arches reimagined in minimal form.

View to the Haunted House at the Prada Museum, Milan

View back to the Haunted House

Haunted House at the Prada Museum, Milan

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Installation by Robert Gober in the Haunted House

Installation by Robert Gober in the Haunted House

Installation detail

Installation detail

Walls pivot further to blur the boundary of inside-outside in the theatre, Prada Museum, Milan.

Walls pivot further to blur the boundary of inside-outside in the theatre.

Prada Museum view to the North Gallery, Milan

Mirrored reflections on the Cinema at the Prada Museum, Milan

Reality and reflection combine.

Prada Museum stair detail, Milan

Stair detailing reveals a complex intersection of materials.

Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse, a shrine to materiality in the minimal concrete gallery.

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It’s refreshing to see art displayed on non-white, museum walls.

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Joining "the Conversation"

Joining “the Conversation”

Restaurant designed by Wes Anderson is a candy-shop fantasia!

Restaurant designed by Wes Anderson is a candy-shop fantasia!

David Bjørngaard, August 2015





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