The imposing backcloth formed by the technical volumes delimits to the north a large raised square. On this square are two porticoed wings along east and west sides. One parallel to the street heght, the other leading up to the square which opens out and slopes down southwards. A glased arcade forms a cleft between the porticoed wings of the square, with the theaters half built into it. This arcade connects the receptions and foyer to the city street level.
The sloping square stratagem absorbs the built masses to the advantage of public space. The perspective illusion accentuates its depths as in a large stage, where the theaters create the scene and the citizens become the actors.
Mario Bellini, Giorgio Origlia
P. Lissi, T. Iwata, L. Morellato
Obayashi Co. Tokyo, Teatro alla Scala Milan