BASE is an experiment in innovation and cultural contamination, exploring Art, Creativity, Enterprise, Technology and Welfare across 6000m² dedicated to co-working, workshops, exhibits, shows and lectures: a programme packed with gatherings, exhibitions, performances, exchanges and connections. On the corner between via Bergognone and via Tortona is a haven for ideas from all over the world, ready take Milan by storm. This is a jumping off point for projects, products, services, deliberation and research for 21st century cities. We are driven by culture – a public asset as well as an engine for individual and collective socio-economic progress – and believe that by redefining it as a catalyst for transformation we can foster a society capable of offering contemporary answers to old and new questions.
The former Ansaldo plant was built between 1904 and 1923 in the midst of the dramatic upheaval brought about by the factories and their impact on demographic, social and economic evolution in the city.
The factory was originally the home of the Roberto Zust firm. After changing hands a number of times, the complex was bought in the mid-60s by Ansaldo for the production of engines, train carriages and tramways.
In 1989, the complex became property of the Municipality of Milan on the condition that the site would be dedicated to cultural activity.
The initial allocation of certain structures to the Teatro alla Scala dates back to 1994, while the designation of the remaining buildings was decided according to a policy prioritising temporary events, with the inauguration of MUDEC – the Museum of Culture taking place in 2015.
The function of the buildings now inhabited by BASE (and for that matter of the entire Ansaldo complex) was the subject of much debate, not to mention experimentation within the Municipal Administration and beyond.
In 2014, following a call for proposals, the area was assigned to a group made up of Arci Milano, Avanzi, esterni, H+ and Make a Cube³, which then became a social enterprise in the form of a limited company.
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