The original pavilions making up Gioacchino Ersoch's architectural complex, testifying to the transition from classicism to modernity, are a capital historical example of the monumental and rational industrial architecture of the late 19th century.

The two Pavilions (9a and 9b) closest to the entrance on Largo Giustiniani were assigned to the MACRO in 2002 to host exhibitions of contemporary art. Today these two atmospheric areas, which have been renovated and fitted with air-conditioning and heating, are managed by the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo and now form part of the Mattatoio project together with the Pelanda.

Thanks to their size and to the way their interior space is organised, the Pavilions are particularly suitable for hosting installations and exhibitions offering a hybrid approach to the languages of the performance arts and of scientific disciplines.


The Pelanda is a large area of roughly 5,000 sq. mt and a precious example of industrial architecture in an area once devoted to pig-meat processing. The project is the result of a careful renovation programme which, among other things, has preserved the structures and furnishings of the so-called "Gallery of Cisterns".

The main building comprises a large central aisle, a truncated conical chimney and other metal equipment and fittings, imbuing it with a unique atmosphere. The entire complex has been restructured on the basis of a project designed to turn it into an open, module-based system in terms of its structures and open to the public in its entirety, with large glazed surfaces enhancing its volumes and perspectives. 

The Pelanda's different areas are particularly suited, in their variety, to hosting the full range of performance arts from dance and avant-garde theatre to music, installations and workshop activity. The Azienda Palaexpo plans to use the spaces also as productive residences in order to give artists from a broad variety of different disciplines the opportunity to engage in research and experimentation.