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Port Museum in Trieste

Detailed proposal, final proposal and building site supervision


Inside the Old Port of Trieste the Port Authority established the museum center of the port inside two recovered buildings, located in the north towards Barcola and originally dedicated to the production of energy for the entire sector: the Hydrodynamic Power Station and the Power Converter Substation.

The Hydrodynamic Power Station, built around 1890, was recovered in 2012; the building consists of three main parts, having a total area of approximately 2,000 sqm divided as follows: the North, originally power converter substationn and now destined to conference room, part South, symmetrical to the previous one, where are located the workshops and the great hall of the vertical motor pumps, and the central part of about 900 m² which originally housed the boilers, a portion of which is preserved original, divided now into three rooms of uncertain destination.

The exhibition design is concentrated in the central area of the building just described. The intervention improves decisively the vocation of this space by a device made of metal frames and infill iron sheets painted. This device, recovering the spatiality original battery of boilers, refurbishes the system three environments, and sets new hosting space in the thickness of its walls: a series of display cases that contribute to the realization of a new and articulated exhibition.

The Power Converter Substation, building constructed around 1913 by Giorgio Zaninovich, student of Otto Wagner, was recovered in 2014 and is made up of two main parts conformed to L. The first housed the switches room and the room of the bus bars to 27,000 V, while the second part, facing the Hydrodynamic Power Station, housed a double height room with two different switchboards in low and medium voltage, still perfectly preserved. For the program this building is dedicated to house in the basement level the historical archives of the Port Authority, and at the other levels study rooms for consultation of archival material and definition of the new entrance, which develops longitudinally towards the NE. A permanent fixture in oak custom-designed, re-proposing some spatial rules in close interaction with the geometrical elements of the building and the original architectural seriality machinery housed therein, upgrades firmly the spaces, in close interaction with new typographic signals and installations.

Port Authority of Trieste

dimension: 3.270 sqm
budget: 563.800 euro
project: 2012-2013
completed: 2014

MHK srl
Tassinari Vetta

Francesco Bogoni
Matteo Sirinati

Alessandra Chemollo

— Polo museale del Porto. Trieste, Identità dell'architettura italiana n° 12, pg. 94-95, Edizioni Diabasis, 2014 — Allestimento museale e multimediale Sottostazione Elettrica, La Sottostazione Elettrica del Porto Vecchio di Trieste, pg. 102-109, Luglio editore, 2013

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