Milan will turn abandoned warehouses into a design center
The surroundings of Milan Central Station can’t wait to rejuvenate with Drop City
On Wednesday, Milan city officials attended a presentation that presented them with a bold plan to restore the use of abandoned Raccordati warehouses. The latter are a series of tunnels located near the city’s central station. They will serve as the basis for a new architecture and design hub, called Drop City, where professionals working in these fields will be able to meet, create and exchange ideas.
In addition, catering establishments, a materials library, educational exhibition spaces and digital manufacturing laboratories, which thanks to an agreement with the municipal administration, will be open to the public on a few days of the week. They will be made available not only to professionals in the sector but also to students at controlled prices.
Space for research and experimentation
In Milan”there are 12,000 architects and this makes the city unique in Europe“, explained Andrea Caputo, the architect who conceived the idea of Drop City, speaking to La Repubblica. “What was missing was a place for the daily exchange of ideas and cultural debate that could bring together all the energies of the city“.
Moreover, there is also a considerable size of architecture and design students. The objective of Drop City is to systematize the potential of a new neighborhood model: a place to exercise one’s profession, carry out research activities, experiment with new materials and technologies, deepen education and enrich the debate on the contemporary architecture in Milan.
The multifaceted project, which will see the rebirth of 28 of the 119 warehouse halls, is designed, founded and signed by Andrea Caputo, with an investment of 16 million euros financed by Nhood, the real estate operator specializing in urban regeneration which will also work on the restyling of Piazzale Loreto.
Spread over more than 10,000 square meters, Dropcity will be a kind of architecture and design hub: the tunnels, in fact, will host exhibition galleries, production workshops, carpentry and robotics laboratories.
The proposed date for the opening of the new hub is in 2024.