The Citadel of Culture

The Vittorio Mazzucconi Foundationi
April - July 1999

Interdisciplinary Workshop on the project:

The Citadel of Culture

Seminar and International Contest of Architecture and Visual Arts

The Workshop will include a series of Competitions, each one contributing within a particular discipline to the overall theme of the project, while a seminar will work out their integration.


An international Competition of ideas concerning a preliminay study of the

The Citadel of Culture

to be realized in Milan, in the Sempione Park area and in the surrounding areas, in particular the area actually occupied by the Ferrovie Nord ( Northern Railroad)
Overall, the project includes:

  • A Contemporary Art Museum, (similar, in size amd function, to the Pompidou Center in Paris)
  • An International Culture Center, with a Library, a Media Center and a Cinematheque
  • An Auditorium for 2500 persons called "L'Arca del Millennio" / The Ark of the Millennium.
  • The restructuring of the Arena, destined to become a multi-purpose, covered space.
  • The integration within the new project of existing monumental buildings: besides the Arena, the Castello Sforzesco, the Arco della Pace, the Triennale, the Giorgio Strehler Theatre, the Acquario Civico, and the Torre Branca
  • A new design for Sempione Park which exalts the function of a central space like a large green Forum of the CITADEL.