MM, which runs the integrated water services of the Lombardy capital, has decided to transform the historic water station at Via Cenisio 39 to create the Centrale dell’Acqua di Milano.
One of the oldest pumping stations of the Milan aqueduct – designed towards the end of the 1800s by the engineer Franco Minorini and functioning since 1906 – today the station becomes the first space entirely focusing on public water supply, its history, protection and values. The spaces of the facility will be open to all.
An experiential, multifunctional site in which to implement a series of different interdisciplinary activities to raise awareness of water and its issues.
FUD and DEGW, brands of the Lombardini22 group, have developed brand ideas, concept design, layout, interior and physical design for the facility.
The project concept comes from the combination of two systems: the architectural system of the water station and the system of the liquid element itself.
A concept in which the states of water – solid, liquid, gas – are summed up in three identifying patterns, each representing one aspect of the new Centrale dell’Acqua Milano: architecture, aqueduct, digital.
There are 5 areas in the immersive, flexible itinerary: reception, library/meeting, central hall/historic plant, multifunctional area/workshop, virtual reality.