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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.

MicroPark Museum in Sulmona, Italy by MOAB ARCHITETTURA

December 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal


The main purpose of the project is the promotion of the archaeological site of Largo Salvatore Tommasi, in the historical center of Sulmona. Rests of mosaic floors and walls decorated with polychromatic plaster were found on site and they most likely belonged to a large building of the Augustan age.

The discovery itself and then the enhancement of the ruins become an opportunity to reclaim urban area – with high potentials – considered at present only as “retro” or transfer path .

Image Courtesy © Mauro j Di Zio

  • Project: MicroPark Museum
  • Location: Sulmona, Italy
  • Photography: Mauro j Di Zio, Guglielmo Di Loreto, MOAB
  • Design Team: Fabrizio Sclocco, Raffaella Di Rico
  • Landscape: Roberto Iezzi
  • Grafics: Marina Pietrangeli -Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage
  • General Contractor: Palombizio Costruzioni Snc
  • Client: Comune di Sulmona
  • Programm: Fondazione Carispaq
  • Corten: Pa.Cla. Snc

Image Courtesy © Mauro j Di Zio

Image Courtesy © Mauro j Di Zio

The architectural definition of this project refers to a new distribution, dimension and shape of the area. Priority has been given to the analisys of the urban needs,: the charatheristics of the surfaces related to specific activities to be performed in site as well as the technical data of the material for construction.

Image Courtesy © Guglielmo Di Loreto

The project wants indeed to ensure the efficiency of a public space wheareas the main purpose is “to inform”.

This has been done by re-inventing, re-thinking and re-structuring a urban “micro-museum-park” to be both flexible and multifuctional.

Image Courtesy © Mauro j Di Zio

Due to excavation limts in bringing to light the original underground pavements and structures – both technical and logistic considering that the site area is located in the very center of the city – the progect intents to follow a specific approch by disclosing first and then linking the Archaeological structures in this portion of the subsoil Sulmona, in order to enhance the communication of the site itself .

Image Courtesy © Mauro j Di Zio

The progect idea is to draw a clear urban structure BY crossing the space using an informative path around which revolve the main architectural events, lined up with a specfic but comforting functional hierarchy.

This concept intents to enrich the area by giving it fully potentials : residents and visitors will be given the opportunity to live it in different ways and at different hours of the day .

Image Courtesy © Mauro j Di Zio


A wall has been designed to support and define the infomative-museum. It itself becomes visual communication. The wall is pierced in corten steel parts to form four niches of various sizes : every niche containing both information boards and reproduction of archaeological finds lighenes up to allow reading also at night time.

Citizens and tourists are therefore aware of the important archaeological structures below.

Image Courtesy © Mauro j Di Zio


The project identified and distinguished two pedestrian paths

  • The first one guarantee entry to the Public Library
  • The second ONE approaches directly with the informative wall by changing the role of passage. The path accommodates an area to rest and realx and an area with a fountain , specifically designed to be easily used by people with reduced or impaired motor skills.

Image Courtesy © Guglielmo Di Loreto

The path ends with the some mosaics and a partition of the wall found during the excavations. the exact location in space of the mosaics was made by adding small cubes of white stone where missing, while the footprint of the partition wall reappears as a bench along the path.

This specific dinamics of the project must be considered an attempt to let archaeological discoveries belong to the on temporary city.

Image Courtesy © Guglielmo Di Loreto


The decision to use “the green” as a building material as well as a reusable paving was made to offer not only a small urban garden, but especially to allow a future excavation without waste of material. When using the green as materials even the simplest objects become architectural objects that – timely assambled or standing separately – allow to live and use the area in different ways and by different users.

Image Courtesy © Guglielmo Di Loreto

Lighting solutions highlight the following design choices.

The lights inside the niches allow to read the information in the panels and to see the reproduction of archaeological finds at night, but they also accentuate the presence of the wall, thanks to a steady stream of light. led lights are an economic and durable and therefore a more sustainable solution.

Image Courtesy © MOAB

Along the informative path recessed lights have been installed in the ground. the grazing and one direction lights are used to give rhythm to the sequential path.

The shrub is illuminated from below by using a led light with a luminous concentrated flux that prevents the dispersion of light in the environment.




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