Cormano (MI), Italy
program: Requalification of a former industrial building: Bi Toys and Arts Factory – toy and child museum, children’s centre, library, theatre, café
> area: 2 000 m2
> hall-cafeteria: 150 m2
> theatre: 360 m2
> library: 200 m2
> museum: 400 m2
> offices: 200 m2
> theatre workshops: 200 m2
client: Comune di Cormano
project: Alfonso Femia * with Area Progetti, David Palterer
structural engineering: Buonomo Veglia srl
services engineering: Ferro & Cerioni
images: ©Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia
The building, the result of a competition, has the aim therefore of inventing a place, a space, a public building, the conversion of an old factory present in the collective memory, which should be able to share the joy of fun, of learning, of playing. Of wonder, in other words.
Outside, a large hopscotch- snakes and ladders: the public space given back to adults through the games and colours of their children. In the end it is not difficult to construct a wonderful public building, that is, one capable of producing Wonder. And how much knowledge and discovery are due to Wonder, it is almost superfluous to recall. But this is a Right-Duty in the strange and surprising country that is Italy.
Inside the building, all the functions come together: the donation of the collection of antique toys and puppets, the library for toddlers and crawlers, protected by the belly of the mother-zebra-Zulu, the experimental theatre, the space for playing.