ADI Design Museum Compasso D Oro
ADI Design Museum - Compasso d'Oro was born from the recovery of a historic place from the 1930s, used both as a depot for horse trams and as an electricity distribution system. Eight professional photographers documented the state of the buildings before the work began, with shots of great significance: Paolo Carlini, Paolo Demaldè, Saverio Lombardi Vallauri, Angelo Margutti, Andrea Rovatti, Mauro and Federico Tamburini, Miro Zagnoli. The museum was conceived with the idea of renewing and enhancing the rich heritage of industrial archeology as a distinctive feature of the building itself. It is a structure with a total area of 5,135 square meters, divided into spaces for exhibitions, services (cafeteria, bookshop, meeting places), museum conservatory and offices. Access is from the recently opened square-garden, named after the Compasso d'Oro Award. The museum is located in a former industrial area with a very high architectural and urban impact and is in the center of a strategic area of the city. On one side is the Paolo Sarpi district, the "Milanese Chinatown", which has always been a multicultural hub in great ferment: a totally redeveloped and partly pedestrianized area that has become a Milanese reference point, both for the offer of the cuisine oriental and street food. Around the cultural center, bordered by the Fabbrica del Vapore, the space of the Municipality of Milan managed by the youth area and the Feltrinelli Foundation, a documentation and research center designed by Herzog & de Meuron.