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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Sensing The Waves in Prato, Italy by NIO Architecten

 
July 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: NIO Architecten

The “Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci” was opened in 1988 and donated to the city of Prato by Enrico Pecci, in memory of his son who died at an early age. The museum is situated on the periphery of Prato, near the exit of the A11 highway, a strategic spot where, from the first floor, you can see the skyline of Florence, the city where tourism and ancient culture reign. On this spot however, two opposites dominate: (textile) industry and modern art. The art centre is one of the few museums in Italy that is devoted to modern art and furthermore, that possesses a superb collection which, for lack of exhibition space, is stored in various depots. To be able to display the invisible works of art it was decided to double the exhibition space and to solve two important problems with the new construction.

Image Courtesy © Juza Photo

Image Courtesy © Juza Photo

  • Architects: NIO Architecten
  • Project: Sensing The Waves
  • Location: Viale della Repubblica 277, Prato, Italy
  • Photography: Artribune, Augusto Biagini_Pratosfera, Federico Paoli, Ivan Aiazzi, Juza Photo, Lorenzo Gallo, Luca Rimatori, Luciana D’Agnano, Marco Di Domenico, Vittorio Giugni_Libera Mente
  • Client: Mrs. E. Pecci/Municipality of Prato
  • Contractor: CLA 1921
  • Constructural engineer: Ingenieursbureau Zonneveld
  • Design team: Joan Almekinders, Emanuela Guerrucci, Maurice Nio, Luca Rimatori, Giuseppe Vultaggio
  • Building Costs: € 7.800.000
  • Start design: 2006
  • Completion: 2008

Image Courtesy © Augusto Biagini_Pratosfera

Image Courtesy © Augusto Biagini_Pratosfera

One problem is that it is not possible to make a tour through the museum, there is a route, but that is linear (when you arrive at the end, you have to take the same way back). The other problem is that no one can find the entrance. It looks just like the imperial palace in Tokyo, super visible, but inaccessible. The first problem was solved by creating a circular plan on the first floor, where all current exhibition rooms are, in such a way that several tours can be made. The second problem was solved by situating all public services on the ground floor and by explicitly orienting the main entrance towards the street.

Image Courtesy © Marco Di Domenico

Image Courtesy © Marco Di Domenico

Image Courtesy © Artribune

Image Courtesy © Artribune

As opposed to the rather rigid, mechanical character of the existing museum building, partly inspired on the industrial textile markets in Prato, the new part looks fluid and ecstatic. It embraces the existing building and touches it only there where needed for the circular plan. Because the cross section of the exhibition floor constantly changes, within the interior different spaces with different atmospheres come into being, and thus different exhibition possibilities. The tower is a story on its own. It is a crossing between a horn and a feeler, on the one side it is a weapon that is proudly presented to the visitors and passers-by and on the other side the tower senses conditions that are immeasurable for radars and people, it gauges the cultural mood, in search of new movements.

Image Courtesy © Lorenzo Gallo

Image Courtesy © Lorenzo Gallo

Image Courtesy © Marco Di Domenico

Image Courtesy © Marco Di Domenico

Image Courtesy © Federico Paoli

Image Courtesy © Federico Paoli

Image Courtesy © Vittorio Giugni_Libera Mente

Image Courtesy © Vittorio Giugni_Libera Mente

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Image Courtesy © Vittorio Giugni_Libera Mente

Image Courtesy © Vittorio Giugni_Libera Mente

Image Courtesy © Vittorio Giugni_Libera Mente

Image Courtesy © Vittorio Giugni_Libera Mente

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Image Courtesy © Vittorio Giugni_Libera Mente

Image Courtesy © Vittorio Giugni_Libera Mente

Image Courtesy © Lorenzo Gallo

Image Courtesy © Lorenzo Gallo

Image Courtesy © Augusto Biagini_Pratosfera

Image Courtesy © Augusto Biagini_Pratosfera

Image Courtesy © Lorenzo Gallo

Image Courtesy © Lorenzo Gallo

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