The subject of a large-scale architectural restoration project completed in 2016, the Cavallerizze (which face onto Via Olona and onto the courtyard that houses the submarine Toti) were built in the19th century to host the stables and the manège of the Austrian garrison stationed in Milan, and now contain a multi-purpose space of 1,800 square metres that is capable – if necessary – of allowing for implementation of all anti-COVID measures.
The home of the largest permanent collection in the world dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, the National Museum of Science and Technology offers much more.
It is a cultural centre capable of representing and expressing to the world that special bond between humanistic culture and technical-scientific thinking that has always characterised the city of Milan and which in the 1950s saw the birth of the industrial humanism typical of Pirelli, Falck, Recordati, Motta and Alemagna, to name but a few.
A paradigm on which everything was to human scale and the metropolises were centres of progress, not because they were the location of production sites but, as Adriano Olivetti put it, places of encounter and exchange between the communities that made up society.
It is no coincidence that in 1953 the museum was founded by a group of Lombardy industrialists together with institutional support.
It is also no coincidence that since last year, it is the starting point for the urban studies of domusforum.
- Opening image:
- the Toti submarine in the courtyard of the Cavallerizze hall ©Henrik Blomqvist