The venue of the Manni Group Design Award ceremony held on 6 March 2020, for an international architectural design competition, could be no other than the prestigious Palazzo dell’Arte in Milan, the Italian temple of design.

The building, designed by Giovanni Muzio and located within Parco Sempione, was officially opened in 1933 to permanently host the Triennial Exhibitions of Decorative Arts, which had been held at Villa Reale in Monza since 1923. A fine example of rationalist architecture, this monumental Palazzo was conceived from the outset as an exhibition and conference venue, with large spaces lit by skylights and flexible interiors designed to accommodate temporary exhibitions and cultural events.

It immediately started playing a central role in Italian culture as a modern hub for experimentation and, in the 1950s, it became a landmark in industrial design. The Palazzo dell’Arte has witnessed all the major events of the 20th century leading up to the new millennium and is still a functional venue today, partly because from the 1990s onwards the interiors were reorganised and redesigned by Gae Aulenti and Michele De Lucchi, among others.

It now houses the La Triennale di Milano Foundation, the international institution that hosts exhibitions, conferences and events on themes related to architecture and design, as well as contemporary art, fashion, cinema and communication. The first Italian Design Museum was officially opened in 2019, commissioned by President Stefano Boeri, with a permanent exhibition displaying, in chronological order, the most iconic design items in history.

What better location to host the Manni Group Design Award ceremony?

The finalists will have the honour to present their project for the Xi’An Train Station in the exclusive location of the event, which will be attended by internationally-acclaimed designers and architects.

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