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Ala Fori Imperiali Vittoriano

The building currently called the Ala dei Fori Imperiali (formerly the Brasini Wing) designed by arch. Armando Brasini and inaugurated in 1935 as the Museo del Risorgimento is connected to the Vittoriano monument and partially inside it but has an independent access on Via S. Pietro in Carcere. The building, which conceived as a consolidation of the urban area between the Vittoriano and the Aracoeli Convent, is articulated adapting to the orography and has a façade in brick, peperino and travertine stone with buttresses along Via S. Pietro in Carcere that directly confronts the Roman ruins on the Imperial Forums. The building has two main levels that also extend into the interior of the Vittoriano and a final, smaller level characterised by a succession of in-line rooms that develop under the monument’s terraced roof. Recent interventions to equip it as a site for temporary exhibitions had completely disfigured the reading of the original spaces, as well as being carried out in blatant contrast with a proper protection of the monumental asset. The proposed Technical and Economic Feasibility Project aims at the preservation, restoration and valorisation of the pre-existing typological, formal and constructive characteristics, improperly altered by the interventions to transform the interior spaces that have taken place over the last decade to allow for the realisation of large exhibition events, the complete removal of which was planned. The project was therefore developed with a functional layout dedicated to the temporary exhibition activity, which would take into account the specific nature of the monument, the character of its spaces, and allow for the proper protection of the asset and the arrangement of a clear exhibition itinerary and proper flow management. Consequently, a project was developed for the adaptation of systems to allow for the control of the correct thermo-hygrometric and lighting conditions for the loan of the works of art, and at the same time to minimise the invasiveness of the system components, adequately studying the integration with the architectural devices, terminals, passages and visible solutions where necessary. The project presents the reconfiguration of the access and visit system to the halls for temporary exhibitions, arranging a visit route that begins on the ground floor in the monumental hall used as an exhibition area; the continuation of the visit route upwards through the helicoidal staircase or lift; the possibility of using, in the visit route according to exhibition requirements, also some rooms located at the back of the hall on the first floor; the use of the monumental hall on the first floor as an exhibition area; the provision, at the end of the exhibition route on the first floor, of a bookshop before the exit, organised in the gallery to which the loggia view is returned; the descent to the exit through the monumental staircase. Both halls are affected by exhibition devices designed for temporary exhibitions, consisting of equipped panels that can be opened, entrusted with the dual task of concealing the plant terminals and at the same time of flexibility and articulation of the exhibition space according to exhibition needs. The room located under the steps leading to the Vignola portico, which is accessed through the gallery arm located on the ground floor to the left of the entrance vestibule, is destined for use as an auditorium, which can accommodate 80 people. On the second floor it is planned to organise educational workshops with controlled public access and a portion of offices and documentary archives relating to the temporary exhibition activity.


technical and economic feasibility design

Istituto Vittoriano e Palazzo Venezia - VIVE

dimension: 2.870 mq
budget: 3.816.051,99 euro
project: 2021-2022

Matteo Sirinati
Gabriele Martella

Esa engineering
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