Year: 2006 Site: Mira (VE) Client: Istituto Regionale per le Ville Venete (Regional Institute for Ville Venete) Service required: restoration plan of the western porch (Barchessa Ovest) the central main body and the eastern porch (Barchessa Est) (***2***)
The Villa is made of a landlord's body with three floors and two porches connected with a portico. The small sized central body is of the kind of home of Venice divided into three parts with "ancient arcade" in the middle and rooms at its wings. It satisfies the needs of the aristocrat of '500, who uses the "villa home" as the benchmark of his presence on the territory, with limited domestic functions. The ripening of politic culture brings in '600 major needs of representation, a widening of the landlord's main body and the building of two porches with frescoes. The Villa, after extinction of the aristocratic family, knows a long period of dereliction before a religious institution buys it in order to make a school of it, changing it seriously. Once leaved again is taken over by the Regional Institute for Ville Venete as preserved heritage complying with Italian Law 1089/39, in order to make of it a cultural and tertiary centre. The renovation foresees the restoration of the existing building, the building of a new congress centre and the new arrangement of the park. Works have been preceded by a phase of study about documents and by a direct analysis of the building. Each element has been classified after its kind and position in cards containing: description of materials and building technologies, supposed period, state of preservation, description of the restoration interventions to be done.
Year: 2006 Site: Montorso Vicentino (VI) Client: Municipality of Montorso Vicentino Service required: urgent interventions on the landlord's main body and on the loggia
The Villa da Porto is one of the widest complexes of villa veneta, particularly if it is considered together with its western wing, whose existence has been proven during the studies performed. The original settlement dates on XV century, with widening on XVI, XVII and XVIII cent. The villa is made today of the landlord's body, hosting in the middle a hall with the facing monumental staircase, the pronaos and two staircases. In the eastern wing four rooms for each of both floors. The eastern loggia is made of a porch overlooked by three halls above the wine cellars, occupying the whole first floor. Again at the East side, a long porch involves the remains of the most ancient residence and of a dove-tower. Buildings and outdoor spaces, once gardens, orchards, farmyards are surrounded by a wall, for a whole surface of a hectare and a half, where other broken and unidentifiable minor buildings have place. The restoration was preceded by an in-deep-study of direct analysis on the building and its appurtenances and by a study of sources, referring to the villa and to the development of its context throughout the centuries. A plan of preservative restoration arose from this study. The plan is aimed to the respectful reuse of morphology, technologies and original materials, seen both with their worth and with their quality as "alive" historical documents of a complex and cultivated civilization.
Year: 1998 Site: Quinto Vicentino (VI) Client: Municipality of Quinto Vicentino Service required: survey, partial restoration plan and supervision of works
This Palladian Villa is the building of major value on the whole municipal territory. The partial restoration plan starts from a preliminary analysis of objective knowledge, enabling to read traces left on walls by history, before making irreversible violations. The scientific approach was measured on the contingent situation of scarce financial support, time dilution of the interventions and of splitting up of professional mandate. An analysis of the outdoor spaces of the villa was made first, through file survey, then a critical-stratigraphic survey of facades, indoor walls, floorings, and a research of the building systems. The restoration plan of part of the Palladian first floor and of the portion attributed to Francesco Muttoni arose from the revision and intersection of the news found. The use required by the administration, to host premises and library inside the villa required on one side the observance of the performance prescriptions by law and on the other side the singling out of technologies compatible with the preservation of the features of the historic building.
The promotion of the heritage of the territory of Veneto
Year: 1986-1991 Site: Vicenza, Rovigo, Venice Client: IRVV, Istituto Regionale Ville Venete (Regional Foundation for Villas of Veneto), Regione del Veneto (Veneto Region), Amministrazione Provinciale di Vicenza (Province Administration of Vicenza), Comune di Vicenza (Municipality of Vicenza), Acqua Marcia Service required: plan
The firm drew up some strategic plans for the tourist and cultural development of the Veneto Region, to be pursued through the compatible promotion of some first-rate historic-artistic goods. It is the attempt to give worth again to the huge cultural heritage of the Region underused then much more than now, and to limit in the meanwhile the consumption of the non-built territory, lending existing works of big artistic, landscape and historic worth strategic tourist functions. The plan as a whole covers the territories of three provinces and foresees the intervention of Bureaus for Territory as the involved Region, Provinces and Municipalities, the Regional Foundation for Villas of Veneto as well as the intervention of some private owners of strategic complexes, like Acqua Marcia. The Firm drew up the following plans on this matter: 1. Tourist- cultural route of Villas of Veneto 2. Emblematic restoration of Villas of Veneto 3. Restoration of the walls by Della Scala family (Verona) of Vicenza, of their works and creation of a network of country parks and cycle-pedestrian paths 4. The Stuky mill at Venice.
Conservation and restoration of the Palladian Basilica: competition
Year: 2002 Auctioneer Body: Municipality of Vicenza Service required: competition for the definitive and executive design of the conservation and restoration of the Palladian Basilica
The competition did not set specific functional objectives, so the project was set up as a conservation and restoration intervention, open to multiple and flexible multi-functional uses to be determined at a later time, compatibly with nature, location in the City and the physical consistency of the monument. The philosophy of intervention is therefore recognized in the field of conservation culture, and has among its objectives to highlight the permanence of elements of material culture of buildings, considered documentation, authentic and stratified testimony, in addition to recognition and enhancement of its style, historical and architectural characteristics. The project foresees, with regard to the surfaces, the cleaning of the masonry wall to allow a better reading of the plant, also promoting a series of specific investigations, which allow the certain definition of the structural history and the current state in general, also in relation to the definitive global static situation, as an interaction between structure in elevation, foundation structure and terrain. The structural elements are also treated with a view to conservation; for those requiring static consolidation, recovery is envisaged, possibly through integration with materials similar to those existing and where this could not be feasible with others, including innovative ones, with performance characteristics, durability and adequate physical - mechanical compatibility. For the introduction of the necessary system, the project proposes to install the system of systems exclusively in a narrow perimeter band of the hall flooring. This solution, in addition to maintaining the greatest extension of the existing floor, allows not to unload and therefore not alter the balance of the loads that weigh on the vaults, under which activities will continue to be carried out, throughout the period of the works. In analogy of the plant-level ring at the floor level of the hall, the project creates a ring at height, in correspondence with the support of the vaults covering the second order of the lodges, to the Gothic wall. The project also includes the conservation and restoration of the second-order covering of vaults, where the recent existing waterproofing is incongruous as well as inefficient. The project plans to bring into play the large underground and partly not yet well-investigated spaces of the building, spaces that can constitute a precious functional resource. For the shops and windows of the shops installed on the ground floor, the project proposes a reorganization inspired by the same principle of prudence to which the entire project refers. The windows appear in some ways now historicized and discrete; the most convenient design approach is therefore to provide only for their unification.
Great care is taken to ensure a good perception of the monument even at night, more than the profile of the window, the system of preparation and lighting of commercial spaces, so that they do not disturb the reading of the majestic architectures of the lodges.
Other devices, mainly chromatic, are aimed at the surrounding surfaces, to reconstitute the unity of the masonry mass of the basement, in which the windows themselves are obtained.
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