Flaviano Capriotti Architetti Gastronomy and design in the heart of Milan

Flaviano Capriotti Architects has drawn two interior designs for chef Andrea Apreaa gourmet restaurant and a café-bistro, both built in a historic building in the heart of Milan. The building is located at number 52 on Corso Venezia and is the headquarters of the Luigi Rovati Foundation and its art museum. It is therefore not surprising that for such a prestigious place the architect Flavian Capriotti and his atelier have decided to create an interesting dialogue between tradition and contemporary, memory and culture, materiality and emotion, and give life to an interior where art and design accompany the new and evocative gastronomic experiences created by chef Andrea Aprea. The restaurant was built on the top floor of the building and spans a total of 400 square meters, while the Caffè Bistro overlooks the building’s green courtyard with both indoor and outdoor seating, evoking the traditional Milanese cafes of early days. twentieth century.
For the restaurant, the architect has designed a space with a great scenographic impact, thanks to the panoramic window that offers customers a view of the Porta Venezia Park, with the “Indro Montanelli” public gardens and some symbolic buildings of the city, including the Museum of Natural History, the Planetarium by Piero Portaluppi , Rasini Tower by the Ponti – Lancia architects, up to embrace the city skyline redefined by newer architectures. In the environment, the use of noble materials and ad hoc designed elements, made by skilled craftsmen, are an expression of the cultural context in which one finds themselves, creating a continuous dialogue with the works of art present.
The kitchen extends over 190 square meters and, bordered by a large glass wall, is completely open to guests who are welcomed in the central hall’s 210 square meters. The walls and the ceiling are in fact inclined to direct the gaze of those present towards this ideal stage, where the gastronomic representation takes place. Materials and design solutions contribute to creating ad hoc scenic effects that gradually reveal the space in a continuous balance between aesthetics and functionality. For example, the retractable furniture that holds the work tools, or the carts made according to the architect’s design Flavian Capriotti to handle alcohol and coffee. To underline the connection to the Luigi Rovati Foundation, both in the restaurant and in the Caffè Bistrot, there are works of art from the museum’s collection, together with works created especially for these spaces such as “The Dress of a Reflection” by the artist Andrea Sala, built into the drum of the building that overlooks the window of the restaurant. A series of works reminiscent of the Mediterranean and Naples, to pay tribute to the chef’s origins, form a gallery that takes guests from the building’s atrium to the Caffè Bistrot and restaurant.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Images courtesy of Luigi Rovati Foundation and Flaviano Capriotti Architetti


Location: Corso Venezia 52, 20122, Milan, Italy
Project area: 400 m² (restaurant), 135 m² (Caffè Bistrot)
Building (year): 2019 – 2022

Design: Flaviano Capriotti Architects www.flavianocapriotti.it

General Works Management: IZed Partners – Walter Incerti
Lighting design: RossiBianchi Lighting Design
Building physics: Manens-Tif’s spa
Fire Safety Design: Gae Engineering srl
Design of air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems: Manens-Tif’s spa
Structural design: Milan Ingegneria spa
Acoustic technology: Byobite
Landscaping: Greencure
Main contractor: Ediltecno Restauri srl

Photo credits: Leo Torri (05-08, 11-13, 16-19) – Massi Ninni (02, 09, 10, 15)
Giovanni De Sandre for the Luigi Rovati Foundation (01, 03, 14)

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