The San Siro, aka the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, remains a spectacular footballing stage despite AC Milan and Inter Milan’s inability to bring the most spectacular of fixtures home to the heart of Lombardy.
“I was in Dubai for another project,” says Ancarani of the inspiration behind San Siro, “and in every public place the television transmitted the same image: a still shot of the Kaaba [the building at the center of Islam’s most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram]. This was surrounded by a huge vortex of pilgrims in prayer. I saw in those images a similarity with the [TV] shots from football stadiums on Sundays. I began to look at the stadium as a place of attraction for the masses, a sort of pagan temple.”