Project details

Project type: Arts + Culture
Location: Tarquinia, Italy
Project Management: Arch. Sara Massi - Arch. Paola Pontani
Photographer: Alessandro Galeota

Summary

The Public Library of Tarquinia is housed in Bruschi Palace, named after Vincenzo Cardarelli. Built between the 17th and 18th Centuries, its current state is the outcome of years of restructuring and remodelling. The most consistently visible era is the second half of the 19th Century. It is this epoch that produced the Great Hall and the Gallery as we know it full stop, This stunning space was designed by Virginio Vespignani and decorated by Annibale Angelini, according to the neoclassical tastes in vogue at the time.

The new lighting design of the Great Hall and the Gallery, in particular, required a considerable amount of sensitivity so as to protect the wealth of important architectural details and decorations, not to mention the overall harmony of the space. The focal point for both the Great Hall and the Gallery is the barrel vault, which was illuminated using linear modular luminaires positioned so as to be concealed on the cornices.


Bruschi Falgari Palace

The Public Library of Tarquinia is housed in Bruschi Palace, named after Vincenzo Cardarelli. Built between the 17th and 18th Centuries, its current state is the outcome of years of restructuring and remodelling. The most consistently visible era is the second half of the 19th Century. It is this epoch that produced the Great Hall and the Gallery as we know it full stop, This stunning space was designed by Virginio Vespignani and decorated by Annibale Angelini, according to the neoclassical tastes in vogue at the time.

In 2017, a substantial loan allowed for the restoration of the first-floor rooms of the palace. This included the restoration of the decorative tempera, the original wooden frames, the terrazzo floors, as well as a complete update of the infrastructure and facilities.

The new lighting design of the Great Hall and the Gallery, in particular, required a considerable amount of sensitivity so as to protect the wealth of important architectural details and decorations, not to mention the overall harmony of the space. The focal point for both the Great Hall and the Gallery is the barrel vault, which was illuminated using linear modular luminaires positioned so as to be concealed on the cornices.

This solution, which is often used for lighting indirect walking surfaces, was integrated along with projectors so as to emphasise the more important architectural elements: the Corinthian capital pilasters that punctuate the longitudinal walls, the statues, the landscape views on the central walls and the still-lifes at the base of the vault. The pictorial surfaces are all lit using a colour temperature of neutral white, 3000K, which is very close to natural lighting.

PRODUCTS USED
Exenia: Museo Compact and Museo Small (Spot, Wide and Large optics, 40/13W, CRI 85 - 3000K).
Lumenpulse: Lumencove Nano (5W/300mm).

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