Open House Milano: the city opens its doors

May 03, 2018 admin

Next weekend, 5 and 6 May, free guided tours of 100 buildings held by architects will make it possible to (re)discover Milan as a ‘design city’

The third edition of Open House Milano (, on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2018, will make it possible to discover an unexpected Milan, made of modern and contemporary buildings, more or less famous, thanks to the free guided tours held by architects, students of Milan’s universities and architecture lovers.The route extends beyond the province of Milan with a satellite route reaching Vigevano, the first step to take this event beyond the borders of Milan.

Palazzo Lombardia, the head quarters of Regione Lombardia [Photo Luca Rotondo]

This initiative has been part of Open House since 2015, an international event involving 4 continents and 31 cities. Italy has been participating in it since 2012 with Open House Roma, but the original Open House concept was born in London.

The recently revamped Vigorelli velodrome

Open House Milano apre le porte a luoghi normalmente non accessibili, al patrimonio architettonico moderno e contemporaneo, senza mai trascurare la ricchezza artistica e culturale che la caratterizza. Un’opportunità per scoprire posti (anche vicino a casa) di cui non si conosce la storia, spazi privati, atelier d’artista e altri edifici che per loro funzione solitamente non sono fruibili.

The Pirelli tower, affectionately called ‘pirellone’ by Milanese people, by Gio Ponti (photo Luca Rotondo)

More than 100 sites will be open, including absolute new entries such as the Vigorelli velodrome, the Ansaldo Workshops of the Teatro alla Scala, the Colla puppet atelier, the Teatro Lirico, the Teatro Gerolamo, the al-Wahid Mosque and many others. Also Palazzo Lombardia, the Pirelli tower, the Milano tower in piazza Repubblica will be available for visits.

The former Caproni aeronautical workshops transformed into the multipurpose venue ‘Le officine del volo’.

A route dedicated to redevelopment has been organized introducing the former Saponificio Angela Gavazzi e figli, Officine del Volo, Megawatt Court, W37, Watt 10, Base, and the former Stabilimento Lagomarsino (Spazio 36 and Studio Fiorese).  

The roof garden of studio Piuarch

The programme also includes a route exclusively dedicated to interior design, including Dimore Gallery, studio Piuarch (which took part in Inhabits during Milan Design Week), Brera Design Apartment, Casa Barrel12, Costanza Milano – GreenHouse Loft in addition to many other sites. This year, the initiative is patronized by Comune di Milano, Regione Lombardia and Ordine degli Architetti di Milano that designed a specific itinerary after which licensed architects will obtain continuing education credits. [Paola Molteni]