Fabbrica del Vapore is located on the site of the former Carminati & Toselli company, which manufactured components for the railway and tramway industry until 1935. At the height of the Italian industrial revolution, this successful company was one of the most important in northern Italy.
The building is an excellent example of late 19th century industrial architecture. In its current configuration, it comprises 15 different halls and spaces of around 30,000m2. These now belong to the city of Milan and have been turned into various arts and cultural organisations as a result of public calls.
The city’s objective for the Fabbrica del Vapore now is to turn it into a focal point for the visual arts – painting, sculpture, photography, set design, costume design and lighting – as well as for the performing arts – theatre, circus arts, dance and music – for the audiovisual/multimedia disciplines – films, TV, documentaries, video reporting, radio, multimedia and audio – for the promotion and dissemination of culture through publishing and communication, and for the creation of a public archive.
A new call has just been launched for use of these spaces with the aim of positioning the Fabbrica del Vapore as a place that offers vocational training, a space for the work of young artists, and a public space for cultural and artistic expression, all with an international outlook.
The coordination of this space is managed by the Fondazione Milano (http://www.fondazionemilano.eu/), a body within the city administration operating in the field of higher education. The Fondazione Milano has four departments according to its numerous disciplines: music, theatre, film and television, translation, interpretation and international relations.
via Giulio Cesare Procaccini 4 - metro station Cenisio (lilla line).