29 March 2016

Gregotti’s archive at the Sforza Castle


Imagine a renowned architectural firm, one that who realizes great projects such as the Teatro Arcimboldi or all of the Bicocca University campus in Milan.
Imagine 50 years of workings, sketches and drawings, renderings and models, binders containing photographs and slides, as well as the endless paper trail of correspondence with clients from across the globe; In China and throughout Europe: Aix-en-Provence (Opera House), Berlin (redevelopment of Potsdamer Platz).
All this material has been evaluated to the tune of 2.8 million Euros and has been donated to the City of Milan by the architect Vittorio Gregotti, 86, author of the cited works and many others besides.
These artefacts for historians, scientists and engineers will be kept in the Sforza Castle in Milan, and in a few months it will be available free of charge by December. The archive of Gregotti covers all work  from the beginning until 2005 – that’s more than 800 projects.
This is the first step of a more ambitious project: to bring together the broader archives of architecture and design of Milan, such as those of Gae Aulenti and Enzo Mari. This will combine and preserve them for years and is set to open in Piazza Castello.
The space needed for further expansion of this project have already been identified: the panoramic halls above the Rocchetta.