All About Italy (USA) - - Design Gourmet - Marco Bertollini

Fi­nally, at the end of Mi­lan De­sign Week, the Prada Foun­da­tion opened Torre, its new nine-storey tower in Mi­lan that of­fers vis­i­tors a new per­spec­tive on the city, through its large win­dows. This last build­ing com­pleted by ar­chi­tect Rem Kool­haas’s project that con­verted a former dis­tillery into an art hub for the bil­lion­aire fash­ion de­signer and col­lec­tor Muc­cia Prada. In the long-awaited Torre, a 60-me­ter-high white con­crete build­ing with an ir­reg­u­lar pro­file, art, fash­ion, and food merge into a multi-pur­pose, yet co­her­ent, ensem­ble. A to­tal of 2000 square me­ters of ex­po­si­tion area is spread be­tween first six floors – cur­rently host­ing the At­las pro­jectwhile other three floors are ded­i­cated to res­tau­rants and ser­vices, with the roof-top ter­race con­ceived as a flex­i­ble space to ac­com­mo­date a bar with a 360 de­grees view on the city. The restau­rant on the sixth and sev­enth floor, with win­dows and ter­race over­look­ing the city cen­ter, is fur­nished with pieces from New York’s Four Sea­sons Restau­rant, which was de­signed by Philip John­son in 1958, as well as pieces from Höller’s pop-up night­club ex­pe­ri­ence, which made its de­but at Art Basel in Mi­ami Beach in Novem­ber 2017.

For the Torre restau­rant, res­i­dent chef Fabio Cuc­chelli has sourced recipes in­spired by re­gional recipes with­out fo­cus­ing on a per­sonal style, in­deed, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Care’s (the world­wide project that brings to­gether eth­i­cal chefs), the kitchen will host for four or five times a year young chefs un­der 30 from all over the world: each of them will work with Cuc­chelli for a cou­ple of weeks, of­fer­ing a dis­tinc­tive menu from their coun­try. In Torre, the fur­nish­ing, the gourmet dishes, and the works of art on the walls all the el­e­ments con­trib­ute, with “a col­lage of pre-ex­ist­ing themes and el­e­ments” – as Kool­haas says – to cre­ate an at­mos­phere that has both an old-world charm and an in­ter­na­tional ap­peal.


Largo Isarco, 2 / Via Gio­vanni Loren­zini, 14 Mi­lan Bar: 18.00 – 2.00 / Restau­rant 19.00 – 24.00 Tel: 02 23323910 www.fon­dazionepra­

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