Parco Archeologico di Brescia, Italy
Fondazione Brescia Musei - Direttore Dr. Stefano Karadjov | Dr. Francesca Morandini, Head of collections and archaeological areas
Total area of intervention:
Definition of the "Corridoio Unesco" connecting and enhancing the archaeological area Capitolium, Roman Theatre and Museum Complex of Santa Giulia
The project is an opportunity to enhance and open to the city the museum spaces associated with Brescia’s Roman and Lombard archaeological area. The extraordinary intensity of these places, in addition to their quality of historical and architectural testimony, is closely related to the city and is located in an area that enhances its characteristics, thanks to the low traffic and the position close to the city’s hill.
The aim of the project is to create a route which, during museum opening hours, connects the Capitoline Temple, the Roman Theatre and the Santa Giulia complex, to make the sites accessible to all, including people with disabilities.
The intervention is intended as a first step in the general redevelopment, enhancement and use of all the areas, in particular the Roman area which is currently in a precarious condition, especially in the area of the amphitheatre.
Five areas of intervention have been identified in relation to each other, which constitute the places crossed by the route.
The first area is the access to the Roman forum. Replacing the current paving with large Adamello diorite.
The ticket office area is the second step. A bench made of Adamello diorite is placed in continuity with the entrance to the Capitolium.
The third area of intervention concerns the entrance to the Roman amphitheatre from Via dei Musei towards Vicolo Fontanone, where the current cobbled paving is replaced with a uniform paving for the whole area and worked to allow a diagonal path that softens the access slope. The stone used is Diorite dell’Adamello treated with anti-slip hammered. The same paving continues as a 1.5-metre walkway in the centre of the Fontanone alley, leaving the existing cobblestones at the sides, until it reaches the Santa Giulia complex.
The fourth space is the cloister of the Church of San Salvatore, where a double objective is pursued. Firstly, an accessible pathway is created, and secondly, a space consistent with the shape of the cloister is designed by moving and modifying the driveway access ramp. The project continues with the construction of a replacement ramp under the portico to the east and crossing the building at the current Bookshop.
For the courtyard of Santa Maria in Solario it is proposed to place a tree in a central point, perhaps the linden tree under which Ermengarda dies in Manzoni’s Adelchi.
The sixth area involved is the open space of the Viridarium of the Santa Giulia museum complex, which, placed after the entrance, will become a dehors for placing small tables in continuous connection with the existing one.
The intervention as a whole makes it possible to create a sort of section through the most important archaeological and historical site in the city of Brescia, a true historical and urban narrative.
Arch. Maddalena Gatti