Matilde Cassani Studio, Milano (I)

From the jury minutes: The structure resem­bles a large manufacturing facility. The functions are housed on two single­span floors, with the entrance area plus adjoining creative zone at a slightly different height on the lower level and the studio, salon, cinema and special exhibition area on the upper level. The near­industrial character of the building gives the museum an everyday, freely accessible, non­elitist appearance. It also helps cre­ate a very compact structure with a small footprint. It is also low, although this is because it is partly situated underground. The facade of the building references plumage with overlapping large­format wooden panels.