Opening on 9 May 2018, the Torre restaurant is located on the sixth and seventh floors of the new building that completes the Milan headquarters of Fondazione Prada, designed by Rem Koolhaas with Chris van Duijn and Federico Pompignoli of the studio OMA.
The venue, according to Koolhaas, is “a collage of existing elements and themes” that combines works of art and design.
The dining room is on the sixth floor in a space of 215 square meters subdivided into two areas, the bar and the restaurant.
The two zones are marked by the contrast between large full-height windows offering an exceptional view of the city of Milan and the warm tones of the wood floors, the walnut paneling and hemp wallcoverings.
The bar has a central counter with a dramatic suspended bottle rack.
A fireplace is joined by Soviet chairs and Tulip tables by Eero Saarinen. The space is completed by two works – Fireplace Hood (1949) and Medusa Head (1948-54) – by Lucio Fontana, while his multicolored ceramic Pillar (1947) welcomes guests to the restaurant area.
The facility is organized on three slightly staggered levels.
The first two are furnished with the Executive wooden tables and chairs by Eero Saarinen, and feature a selection of paintings by William N. Copley, Jeff Koons, Goshka Macuga and John Wesley.
The upper level utilizes the original furnishings of the Four Seasons Restaurant of New York designed by Philip Johnson in 1958 and elements of the installation by Carsten Höller The Double Club (2008-2009).
Reference the tradition of Italian restaurants, the walls display plates by artists made for the Torre restaurant by John Baldessari, Thomas Demand, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Elmgreen & Dragset, Joep van Lieshout, Goshka Macuga, Mariko Mori, Tobias Rebherger, Andreas Slominski, Francesco Vezzoli and John Wesley. The series is open to new contributions.
The outdoor terrace, with flooring in porphyry and metal grills echoing those of the exteriors of Fondazione Prada, overlooks the city.
Its area of 125 square meters is divided into a restaurant zone with folding bistro-style tables and chairs and a bar zone in which sliding tables are placed along the parapet.
The 7th floor is for the chef’s table, an exclusive space with its own services, featuring a glass wall for a view of the kitchen and a private terrace.
The food at the Torre restaurant is authentically Italian.
The cuisine is based on skill, but also on ideas: with the support of CARE’s – The Ethical Chef Days, the project invented by Norbert Niederkofler and Paolo Ferretti, the restaurant will be a place of interaction with international cuisines.
During the year chefs under 30 will be the guests of the restaurant, and for two weeks they will offer the typical dishes of their countries of origin, in tune with the principles of ethical and sustainable cuisine.