[…] The installation of Atena systems in Ex Caserma Montesanto building, located in the famous fortress city of Palmanova, undoubtedly represents an interesting example of metal ceilings application for a conservative restoration. Here materials belonging to different historical period coexist, and having their own technical function enhance the historical value of the building. […]
Location: Ex Caserma Montesanto – Palmanova (UD) Italia | World Heritage Site UNESCO 2017
Architectural project and construction supervision: dott. arch. Maria Cecilia Rossi
Project and supervision of air-conditioning system: dott. ing. Igor Zuccheri
Project and supervision of wiring: p.i. Flavio Fornasari
Safety manager: geom. Edoardo Resen
Final client: Municipality of Palmanova
Metal ceilings: Atena
The installation of Atena systems in Ex Caserma Montesanto building, located in the famous fortress city of Palmanova, undoubtedly represents an interesting example of metal ceilings application for a conservative restoration. Here materials belonging to different historical period coexist, and having their own technical function enhance the historical value of the building.
According to the architectural project and the supervision work signed by the architect Maria Cecilia Rossi, each detail, system, material and arrangement’s solution have been chosen to really preserve the authenticity of this historic building, keeping visible the signs of previous restorations.
“Nothing was upset and everything was enhanced, giving back to the fortress its eternal beauty”.
On the upper floor, for the main entrance and the exhibition hall, a simple and light metal ceiling was chosen both to mask the plants and to create a visual continuity between the two areas. In this context, the formal balance is achieved through the difference in height between the entrance and the lift landing area. This diversity in space is also enhanced both by the succession of suspended lightings and the series of recessed square spotlights that reinforce the metal chessboard. Precisely the system choose is made up of Atena Plan panels in silver galvanised steel, with perforated surface Atena mesh R16x8 model. The modules lay in Atena Easy T24 visible structure, silver color.
The special Atena Mesh perforation, balanced by the black of the thermo-applied acoustic fabric, lightens the masses involved, creating a uniform background.
Interesting is the use of the metal panels in the core body, here the modules without insulating materials, look like the open patterns of the expanded metal.
The building is 78 meters long and 11 meters wide, it is made of rock stones, its rational architecture satisfies the of the military organization’s logistical needs for which it arose. “The perfect symmetry of the facades (main and retrospective) also affects the modularity of the plant”. The property consists of three different bodies: the main atrium, the core area and the outbuilding.
Wanted by Napoleone within the project of the expansion of the fortifications, this is one of the three barracks placed in the bastion’s basement, with the direct access at the third floor for the troops on horseback. The building conceived by the General French of Military Engineers Chasseloupnel 1808, is made up of two rock stones facades: one equipped with loopholes, facing the bulwark for defence, the other with doors and windows projecting towards the inside of the fortress. In the attic a layer of earth was placed to cushion the shots of the enemy artillery. On the both sides of the ground floor were located the rooms with bakery ovens necessary for the garrison, while at the first floor there were the dormitories. Named “Montesanto” after the second world war, the fortress which became part of UNESCO in 2017, is now a location for offices and events.
According to a wide urban vision that affect all renewal and restoration works of Palmanova heritage, every technical detail of this project, from materials and systems choice to the installation methods, shows the architectural intent to preserve and enhance the historical truth of the building.
This is an historical case that makes Atena a piece of the Italian architecture history.
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