Arcimboldi theatre is in the heart of Bicocca and it was built following a project designed by the famous Milanese architect Vittorio Gregotti between 1997 and 2002 on the initiative of Pirelli and the Municipality of Milan. Built to host the events of Teatro alla Scala during its closing and renovation, Arcimboldi Theatre had to maintain the size of the stage and of the proscenium to facilitate the transfer and adjustment of the scenes.
The opera house is divided into three volumes: foyer, auditorium and stage. The structure has an essential and compact style, the total area is 18.400 square metres wide and 7.400 square metres are available for the audience and 11.000 for the production. The auditorium holds up to 2346 spectators and it is coated with wooden red panels. The hall is 15 metres high, it is curved-shaped and the columns hold the glass wall.
The scheme on the ceiling has been studied to improve the acoustic performance. Arcimboldi Theatre, inaugurated on the 19th January 2002 with the opera “La Traviata”, is the second widest theatre in Europe and the first in Italy.