Cuore Triennale | Research, study and archives center

Location: La Triennale | Milan, Italy
Year: 2024
Type: cultural space

Photo credit: Delfino Sisto Legnani

A research center, an archive, an enhancement platform: a space dedicated to research, memory, and innovation, created to bring out the scientific design work that underlies all our activities. A place designed to welcome a network that brings together visitors, researchers, universities, superintendencies, foundations and companies.

The project is part of the architectural redevelopment of the Palazzo dell’Arte which will be carried out in the coming years with three main objectives: the valorization of Giovanni Muzio’s original project from 1933, the redevelopment of the building in energy and sustainable terms, the refunctionalisation of the spaces formake them even more accessible and contemporary.

New generation plant technologies, with low consumption and high energy efficiency, have made it possible to minimize the architectural impact of the systems to the point of making them almost invisible.

The reduction of the plant volumes, which previously prevented the gaze from reaching the large helical staircase designed by Muzio, has made it possible to recover one of the most significant perspectives of the Palace: the staircase is now visible from the entrance hall, a perspective pointover fifty meters away.A lighting body placed at the center of the staircase acts as an artificial “brazier”, emphasizing its plastic form.

The new external vertical windows were designed following Giovanni Muzio’s original design and their technical characteristics are improvements compared to the limits imposed by current legislation regarding thermal transmission (U=1.1 W/m2K) and light, energy and solar factors.To further attenuate direct solar radiation and guarantee the standards of museum spaces, vertical awnings were installed, housed in the internal frames of the windows and coplanar to the surface of the perimeter wall, therefore integrated into the architectural container.

To bring natural light back into the space as it was designed by Muzio, the roofing surface in glass block panels, darkened by a sheath for decades, returns to being a characterizing source of zenithal light.

The architectural design proposal took into consideration the reversibility of the space (over 500 sqm) during future exhibition installations or diversified uses, as well as the potential extendibility of the same interventions to the other galleries on the Ground Floor.

The permanent exhibition system establishes a dialogue between the content, the container and the structural system designed by O. Hoffman in 1933. On the internal perimeter, the uprights, in regenerated wooden material, are aligned with the secondary beams and contain a system, extended for approximately three hundred square meters of modular elements that guarantee extreme flexibility in displaying archive contents in rotation, documents and works of different nature from the Triennale Milano Foundation, each with particular conservation and use requirements.

The central space and the external perimeter on Viale Alemagna have been deliberately left freer and more reversible to host external archives, researchers, meetings and temporary stories.

In the central area near the entrance, the institution reserves an exhibition opportunity of a temporary nature in the name of valorising the historical heritage managed by institutions and private individuals on the national territory while the final portion adjacent to the helical staircase, equipped with a LED wall, is intended for events as conferences, talks, presentations, video projections.

The consultation activity, for which four workstations are intended, is foreseen both in free mode on a selection of paper documents and publications and on multimedia contents, and by appointment for historical archive materials.

The “Research Center”, which echoes the Triennale Study Center founded in 1930 and remained active until 1990, aims to reactivate a platform of cultural production and experimentation that compares with national and international realities in the academic field, artistic, scientific and innovative.