August 11th, 2016


Place / Milan, Italy
Year / 2015-2016
Type / Public swimmg pool
Status / Realized

After ten years of dereliction the renovation project for an old swimming pool became the chance to imagine an innovative system of public spaces in the inner centre of Milan.
Next to the Franco Parenti theatre the swimming pool renovation has been designed to become it’s open air stage, allowing an original interchangebetween spectators and visitors.
A new floating wooden platform has been designed to become a sun deck during the day and a stage for concerts and performances during the night.
Flower gardens surround the continuous steps all around the swimming pool, natural parterres for performances and events.
A long colonnade redefines the edge between the theatre and the open spaces, hosting temporary cafes and protecting the visitors from the sun.
The original 50mt long swimming pool has been kept moving all the plants in a new underground space. Here an innovative system of water depuration by oxygen reduces the need of chemical additives.
The use of different concrete colors marble pigmentation in the pools and in paths around reminds to the well known De Chirico fountain called Bagni Misteriosi. Since the opening Mysterious Baths had a great success with over 1500 visitors per day.



Nicola Russi, Giovanna Latis, Elena Martucci with the artistic supervision of André Ruth Shammah and Michele De Lucchi (aMdl)
with: Luca De Stasio, Pietro Ferrario, Mario Ventilato, Evgeniya Dubova, Marco di Forenza, Alessandro Zanoletti
Structural Engineer: Eng. Pietro Boerio [Milan – Italy]
MEP: Ing. Luigi Berti, Studio Beta Progetti
Landscape: Barbara Petrecca
Photos by: Guido Borso for Vice Italy