The brand new Etruscan Galleries on the Fondazione Luigi Rovati in Milan provide a journey via house and time, inviting guests to enter an underground world of flowing curves and vaulted interiors that call to mind the traditional civilization’s underground structure. The Italian metropolis’s new cultural vacation spot, designed by architect Mario Cucinella, has just lately opened to the general public, welcoming the exploration of Etruscan treasures and extra – as its dwelling, the distinguished Milanese basis, juxtaposes outdated and new artwork in a redesigned house on Corso Venezia.
Mario Cucinella’s Etruscan Galleries at Fondazione Luigi Rovati
Cucinella, who was appointed for the renovation and remodelling of Milan’s Nineteenth-century Palazzo Bocconi-Rizzoli-Carraro in 2015, is behind the expressive shapes and dramatic halls of the Etruscan Galleries – however he’s additionally the mastermind composing the Fondazione Luigi Rovati’s two flooring of exhibition house above floor, in addition to its conservation amenities, an archive, a classroom related with the Luigi Rovati Basis Library in Monza, occasion rooms, a bookshop, a café and a restaurant on its high ground.
The Bologna-born architect is a longtime drive in working with site-specific situations whereas mixing sustainable structure and attention-grabbing types to dramatic impact. To that finish, the galleries are made of 1 elliptical and three round domed ‘caverns’. Cucinella drew inspiration from Etruscan tombs of Cerveteri (in modern-day Lazio), utilizing their cavernous formations, which have been inbuilt dome shapes carved out of pure bedrock, and translated them into Twenty first-century museum house.
The horizontal layers and features that assist create and outline the curves are a nod to overlapping, underground earth strata discovered on these websites – and they’re seamlessly made from a single sort of stone, pietra serena. On the identical time, hidden air circulation mechanisms behind the stone enable for precision management of temperature and humidity within the exhibition halls.
The historic palazzo (initially composed by the architect Filippo Perego within the first half of the twentieth century) was beforehand broken by the Second World Conflict and was in want of each a structure refresh and constructing repairs. The preliminary fee included an extension too, which was achieved by way of the excavations two ranges past floor. The architect and his staff labored on the house but in addition created the exhibition design inside, based mostly on a versatile association of stylish, ethereal, rectangular show circumstances. ‘We’re engaged on some hypotheses,’ says Cucinella, ‘at all times with the concept a museum isn’t a crystallised house, however an open and hybrid house for tradition. Milan is a metropolis that is aware of find out how to use any such house very properly.’