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Rem Koolhaas's Fondazione Prada in Milan Wears a Gold Crown

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All photos courtesy of Fondazione Prada, unless otherwise noted.
All photos courtesy of Fondazione Prada, unless otherwise noted.

If you blinked you may have missed it: The Fondazione Prada, a new institution for arts and cultural programming brought to you by the esteemed Italian fashion house, opened to the press this weekend in Milan, ahead of a planned May 9th public opening. Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas's studio Office for Metropolitan Architecture(OMA)—in collaboration with the firm's research arm AMO—masterminded the new complex, which comprises seven former distillery buildings built before World War I and three new structures designed by OMA, including a theater, gallery, and still-under-construction tower. Crowned by a gold-leaf-clad pavilion, the foundation's new complex will house a cache of art that includes works by Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, and Roman Polanski, and more.

For an added bit of whimsy, the foundation's new digs also feature a Wes Anderson-designed café (↓), Bar Luce, which takes stylistic cues from mid-20th century Milanese eateries and watering holes. It promises to be a real must-visit destination in the Italian city.

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