And another gallery for Milan, by Daniel Libeskind

The City of Milan has commissioned a new contemporary art museum to be designed by Polish-born architect Daniel Libeskind. The five-storey, 18,000 sq. m. museum (digital rendering, below) is scheduled to open in 2011 as part of the development of the Fiera Milano site where the city’s trade fairs take place. A press statement from the Milan Triennale foundation, which is overseeing the management of the building, said that the new gallery may house a “permanent collection” but a spokeswoman for Libeskind said that “there is no permanent collection [for the new museum] at this time. There will be spaces for temporary exhibitions.” Libeskind is already overseeing the Fiera Milano development which includes office towers designed by the UK-based architect Zaha Hadid, Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and Libeskind, to be completed by 2014. The 255,000 sq. m site is being developed by a consortium of private property companies known as Citylife. Libeskind’s spokeswoman said: “The City is paying for the museum with money raised through taxes paid by Citylife. The budget is around E40m” G.H.

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