Camparino in Galleria, Milan – Italy


The restyling of Camparino in Galleria was carried with full regard for the history of the location in terms of its aesthetic and social significance.

The Bar di Passo underwent a process of conservation and restoration with the aim of salvaging all the existing stylistic elements. The only interventions in this areainvolved the refurbishment of both the lighting for the coffered ceiling, so further enhancing its beauty, and the windows of the entrance in line with those already present in the Galleria.

The style of the passage area that leads to the outside terrace has been renewed, giving a foretaste of that of the first floor without however losing the identity that links it to the Bar di Passo: the chequerboard tiling therefore uses the same materials – Carrara and Rosso Verona marble – in continuity with the surroundings, while an element of more contemporary design is introduced – a full-height, back-lit structure which accompanies the visitor to the upper floor. The tables and chairs of the outside terrace were renovated whileleavinguntouched their timeless elegance and refined simplicity.
Always with the aim of harmonizing and aligning the language, the staircase which connects the first floor and the new basement space is clad in walnut boiserie, recalling the stylistic code of the mezzanine floor, while the lift shaft is clad in burnished brass.

Whilst remaining closely connected to its history,the Sala Spiritello has at the same time been brought up to date in order to appeal to both the long-established frequenters of Milanese café society but also to younger people and to those whose taste is shaped by their experience of other metropolises the world over.

The space opens out from a large central fixture formed of a bar counter and a convivial peninsular table clad in backlit fluted mirror glass, both designed to enhance the preparation and the sampling of cocktails. The central wall dividing the two rooms is also clad in the same fluted mirror glass and has glass shelves to display cocktail glasses.

The architectural uniformity of the space is guaranteed by flooring in Venetian terrazzo and walnut boiserie. To evoke the memory of what Camparino once was, all the boiserie features floor to ceiling pilasters, the large arched windows on the Galleria side continue to accommodate the wood seating with velvet cushions and the end wall maintains the niches clad in mirrored glass.

The visual impact of the location is exalted by the backlit rhomboid-patterned ceiling that recalls the coffering of the Bar di Passo, in addition to providing diffused and uniform lighting in a space whichdue of its position does not receive much natural light.

The Sala Gaspare Campari’s basement floor is totally new and was recuperated from the spaces that were originally given over to storage – a cozy and elegant space where the ceiling lights recall the design of the medallions on the floor of the Galleria and which features a wood counter that was originally on the first floor. The layout of the furniture in the room is flexible and can be configured to accommodate different types of events: host bartender courses, be transformed into a space for private dinners with a large convivial dining table, become another dining room for the restaurant to supplement the existing one or indeed turn into a comfortable and informal lounge space.

Credit Pics @ Santi Caleca
Architect and description: Lissoni Casal Ribeiro

Camparino In Galleria
Piazza del Duomo, 21, 20121 Milan, Italy
Phone: 02 8646 4435