Cultural Spaces BELVEDERE RESTORATION
2013-2014
VILLA REALE, MONZA, ITALY

Villa Reale in Monza is not a palace but a Villa used as an alternative residence. The building reveals the will of a royal house to supersede the local aristocracy through architectural prowess. The restoration of the building is following the same ambition.

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Villa Reale in Monza is not a palace but a Villa used as an alternative residence. The building reveals the will of a royal house to supersede the local aristocracy through architectural prowess. The restoration of the building is following the same ambition. The attic is called Belvedere because of its view overlooking the park that unfolds from the top of the core body which sits on top of the historic staircase and the large entrance halls. Although it may seem the least important section, because previously occupied by the servants, it is actually an area of great impact. The spaces have been left as open as possible to maintain maximum visibility of the following elements: the wooden trusses of Piermarini, the residual ancient wooden structures, the old lost equipment, the steel tubes of the flooring, the graffiti left on the walls from the time of the Biennale of arts and finally the decorations left by Istrian families who occupied the Villa during the years of abandonment. The restoration’s highlight of the Villa is centered around an intensive full surgery and faithful reconstruction on the pavement with oak slats. In the main rooms, to give the Villa a character of greater importance, ‘Cocciopesto’ floors were installed. 

PROJECT
aMDL architetto Michele De Lucchi S.r.l. – Michele De Lucchi

PROJECT TEAM
Angelo Micheli (project leader), Alessandra De Leonardis, Agnieszka Drews, Maddalena Molteni, Silvia Figini

CONSULTANT
Italiana Costruzioni Spa (building contractor)

CLIENT
Nuova Villa Reale Spa

AREA
2,400 m2

CHRONOLOGY
2013 design; 2014 completion

PHOTOGRAPHY
Alessandra Chemollo

SKETCHES
Michele De Lucchi