A NEW SQUARE
The new layout of the area, free from the tramway infrastructure, makes possible an unconventional use of the space in front of Milan: by lowering the floor level to -7.50 m, we open a new underground entrance to the Museum. The new connection, at the level of the basement of the first Arengario, allows the two museum sites to be connected with the advantage of preserving visual continuity with the perspective axis aligned with the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery. This simple but decisive intervention outlines a new urban environment that is no longer a space of passage, but becomes an authentic public place of contemporary reference for the city. The new connecting volume that is obtained in the subsoil, naturally illuminated by large prismatic glass cases, and which connects the two Arengari houses the new entrance with the ticket office and the bookshop, contributes to expanding the exhibition spaces, distributes the incoming flows and at the exit, thus guaranteeing functional separation between the sight and service paths. The volume occupies the entire section of the two twin buildings, transforming the stretch of via Marconi between via Dogana and via Rastrelli into a pedestrian square. The intervention alternates operations of subtraction and addition: excavation of the road section between the building in line that stands on the first Arengario and the building facing it, construction of a staircase from via Rastrelli, addition of two small hypogeal lateral volumes used for host technical and service rooms of the museum. The result is a system of squares on two levels: if continuity with Piazza Duomo is guaranteed from the west, a new square is formed on the opposite side for access to the Museum.