Caproni and Taliedo aeonautical factory in Milan has been producing aircrafts and experimenting technologies for decades since 1915 becoming a symbol of the industrialization and modernization of the city from a productive epicenter to a creativity hub.
In The Wind Rises animation movie, Japanese filmaker Hayao Myazaki pays homage to Giovanni Battista Caproni, founder of the factory and internationally reknowned aviation pioneer who becomes the inspirational mentor of the young protagonist of the story.
Today the ex-factory has become Officine del Volo, a venue for corporate events, fashion shows and conferences. But it hasn’t lost its original vibe and heritage. Indeed, architect and pilot Nicola Gisonda, owner of the location, has redeveloped the original structure of 1.500 square metres updating the original industrial architecture to contemporary needs.
The facades are in uncovered brickwork with grey stone inserts; in the center, structural pillars highlight a pointed arched window that refers to the the original role of the building as a “cathedral of work”.
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Inside Officine del Volo, three rooms with indipendent entrances split the space in two levels. A Corten steel with a recent flight on iron steps overlooks a small courtyard with original squared paving stones.
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Photos: courtesy of Officine del Volo.