Milan shows off architecture with “Open House”

3rd edition of Open House Milano.

Over a hundred of Milan’s trail-blazing modern buildings or historically fascinating sites will throw open their doors on the weekend of 5 and 6 May for the third edition of Open House Milano.

More than 300 trained volunteers will be on hand to show off the secrets of Milan’s architectural treasures, which attracted over 20,000 guests to last year’s edition.

Historic buildings exceptionally open to the public will include Palazzo Clerici, Palazzo Moriggia, Palazzo Castiglioni, the Biblioteca Sormani, the air-raid shelter in Piazza Grandi, and the Studio Museo Francesco Messina.  The former Angela Gavazzi factory, Officine del Volo, Megawatt Court, W37, Watt 10, Base and the former Stabilimento Lagomarsino are among the examples of urban regeneration which have set a trend.

Top-rated sacred architecture which has won praise for Milan’s cityscape includes Arrigo Arrighetti’s S. Giovanni Bono, Giò Ponti’s S. Luca Evangelista di Giò Ponti, Ignazio Gardella’s S. Nicolao della Flue, as well as the Al Wahide mosque and the Beth Shlomo synagogue.

The full programme of Open House Milano 2018 is available on the event website.  Each photographic tile opens to a detailed description of the building, with day and times of opening to the public.

“Open House” is a simple but powerful concept: showcasing outstanding architecture for all to experience, completely free. Open House initiatives invite everyone to explore and debate the value of a well-designed built environment. Launched in London in 1992, Open House Worldwide is now shared by 41 cities across the world.