History and renovation of the Accursio location
The headquarters of Garage Italia Milano are located in an iconic building: the former petrol station Agip Supercortemaggiore, restored by Michele De Lucchi’s aMDL studio. Passion, creativity, design and excellence meet in the creative hub of Lapo Elkann, including the bar and exclusive restaurant of Chef Carlo Cracco. Commissioned in 1952 by Mario Bacciocchi and Enrico Mattei, the Agip station was completed in 1953 and immediately became a car temple, attended by the many motorists who went to the Milan Laghi weekend. The station hosts a large and commercial space on the ground floor, which contained a bar, offices, a waiting area and a car wash joined to a maintenance workshop besides the outside gas filling station. Activated until mid-1980s and partially in the 1990s, the station testifies to an important phase of the post-war economic and social development in which architectural attention was also addressed to industrial and service buildings. It rises on a triangular lot defined by the intersection of two avenues that determined the architectural form. The most evocative perspective is along avenue Certosa towards the north, the two large horizontal canopies transform the vertex of the triangle into a curve projecting forward through a dull rush.