The vision is for the Officina to become a place for research, rapid prototyping, innovation and high-quality traditional craftsmanship consisting of a cluster of laboratories working with both traditional and advanced technologies.

It is to become the meeting point for a variety of enterprises, businesses and organisations and the venue for a wide range of events, including arts exhibitions, private receptions, research seminars and making workshops. An outline of where we want to be in two years or so is included below.

Private laboratory spaces are available on short and medium lease; the design of the space is flexible so that space can be re-arranged as they best suit the current occupiers. The working ares are equipped with laser cutters, 3D printers, plotters as well as anvils, looms, wood turners and traditional machineries. Facilities, to include an electric-van and a few cells scooter, are shared and so are the costs for their maintenance and use. Reconditioned bicycles and locks are free to use in exchange of a small refundable deposit.

MAKE – Live
The space is equipped with a kitchen and dining area, a terrace and a large studio space suitable for holding workshops, lectures and other activities. There is a play-area on premise where parents can leave their children. La ‘Palazzina’, the apartment building connected to the Officina, has been fully retrofitted and it is home to families from different backgrounds and sizes. Accommodation is free to invited students, craftsmen, artists and scientists in residence. A small studio is also available as a self-catering unit with no minimum stay. Perfect base for exploring Milan, Como and the lakes.

MAKE – Grow
The orchard has grown into a community-owned forest garden, with a pond, animals, edible and medicinal plants. There is a small garden house with an open fireplace that people can use for cooking and meetings. The garden is open to all ‘makers’ and friends.

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