In the Porta Genova area – one of the city’s former industrial hubs – lies the former Nestlé 12,000 square-metre space that has been recently renovated for Giorgio Armani by Japanese architect Tadao Ando (his exhibition, The Challenge, will be on show at nearby Armani/Silos). Characterised by candid marble and stones, and lighting and water effects, the space features a 100-metre corridor that leads to the house’s runway.
Open on Saturday and Sunday.
ARMANI / TEATRO – VIA BERGOGNONE 59 PROJECT BY TADAO ANDO
On the occasion of Apritimoda, Giorgio Armani will open the doors of its Armani/Teatro, in via Bergognone, the space that was designed by architect Tadao Ando.
A special installation will be set up inside the theatre to showcase a selection of precious gowns, worn by renowned actresses – including Sharon Stone, Jodie Foster and Angelina Jolie – and belonging to the permanent ‘Stars’ themed section of Armani/Silos. Within the same space the video of the Giorgio Armani Womenswear runway show for the new Autumn/Winter 2019-20 collection will also be screened.
The collaboration between Giorgio Armani and Tadao Ando formed out of a mutual appreciation of simplicity and purity of vision coupled with an unusual use of materials and the unique ability to repurpose them according to one’s needs without distorting them.
For this reason, in 2001, the designer entrusted Tadao Ando with the prestigious task of reworking the former Nestlé factory site: the vast space which today houses showrooms, business offices and the theatre for fashion shows. And this singular portion of space (3,400 square metres), where the designer’s creative work is unveiled every three months, is where the architect has demonstrated his talent to the fullest.