renovation project, by Paolo Brambilla
is synthetic with little intervention and few materials. The first task of cleaning
revealed traces of ancient frescoes. Thus, the electrical, water and heating installations
were located underneath the floor to leave the walls intact. A new, austere surface
of smooth concrete slabs was placed on top.Two new light sources were created;
in the center, the main entry becomes a huge sliding glass door.|
Seen from the outside, the door has an invisible frame allowing more light within. Above, in place of the capsized portion of the barrel vault, a flat ceiling in aluminium reflects the ambient light. In terms of functions, in the back, a wall/stair element leads to the administrative zone. This independent element, made out of birch panels, is a visual solution terminating the nave. The main effort was to reduce the intervention to a minimum, working by subtraction. Upon completion there is a clarity to the void in the former church. The sober Cartesian axis reigns over a flexible space suitable to varied artistic events.
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