The new Teatro degli Arcimboldi, located in the former industrial district La Bicocca - a suburb of Milan - opened early in 2002. Until 2004 it housed the activities of La Scala Theatre, to allow for its long-overdue restoration and statutory renovation. During its three years as substitute the theatre represented an interesting pilot test for the decentralization of cultural activities. The building structure includes three clearly recognizable blocks: the common areas (entrance, ticket office and foyer), the hall and the stage tower. The main view from outside consists of the square, a sheltered area that marks the public entrance and a large curved and sloping window. Inside, the large glass wall rises to the full height of the ceiling. Steel columns line the hall that houses the ticket office, the bookshop, the cloakroom and the stairways. The balconies, pertaining to the stalls and galleries, overlook this area. The lighting is provided by fixtures either embedded or integrated into the architectural elements, fitted with low-voltage bulbs of various strengths and beam emission. One-off, custom-made fixtures, consisting of a circle of 12 dichroic bulbs, surround each steel column of the entrance hall and of the first level of balconies. These provide the general lighting of the space and project a brilliant series of reflections onto the large glass wall. For night lighting “Radius” type fixtures have been positioned on the central girder of the entrance shelter to give the roof surface a strong and uniform light, thus creating a bold and inviting appearance. Glass panels, used both to regulate the reflection of sound to the stalls and to diffuse light, provide part of the lighting in the concert hall. The wooden walls of the balconies house embedded fixtures fitted with compact fluorescent lamps, while a large semicircular chandelier, specially designed with five segments of stratified glass panes and supported by a metallic frame holding 118 halogen lamps, is hung in the centre of the hall to provide general and zenithal lighting to the stalls.


Arcimboldi Theatre
General interior and outdoor lighting

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