Cultural Spaces THE CARISBO FOUNDATION LIBRARY IN THE CHURCH OF SAN GIORGIO IN POGGIALE
2007-2009
BOLOGNA, ITALY

The Carisbo Foundation’s archives are accessible to the public inside the church of S. Giorgio in Poggiale in Bologna, now home to the Foundation’s Library.

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The Carisbo Foundation’s archives are accessible to the public inside the church of S. Giorgio in Poggiale in Bologna, now home to the Foundation’s Library. After restoration of the central and two lateral naves, and of the frescoes that had decorated its walls for centuries, the large interior was visually unified by the new oak flooring of the apse, central nave and side chapels. For this purpose the flooring of the central nave was raised to the same level as that of the apse, thus creating the effect of a long wooden dais, accessed by three steps facing the building’s main entrance. At this level visitors get an excellent view of the exhibits on the chapel walls, originating from the Foundation’s archives.
The spaces are equipped with solid oak bookcases, reading stands and tables for the consultation of this heritage of books. The sacresty, too, was restored and is now part of the Library.
At the entrance, a compass, made of large pinewood tiles, acts as a filter to the exterior and as an introduction to a place of consultation and study.

PROJECT
aMDL architetto Michele De Lucchi Srl – Michele De Lucchi

PROJECT TEAM
Angelo Micheli (project leader), Philippe Nigro

CONSULTANTS
Bieffe s.a.s. del geom. Franco Bonamassa (building contractor); AP Studio s.r.l., perito Paolo Alberti (lighting design); arch. Francisco Giordano (direction of restoration works); Ditta Pasquale Greco (restoration); ing. Antonio Raffagli (structural framework);

SUPPLIERS
Poltrona Frau, Produzione Privata, Mascagni

CLIENT
Museo della Città di Bologna

AREA
600 m2

CHRONOLOGY
2007-2009 design; 2009 completion

PHOTOGRAPHY
Mario Carrieri; Michele De Lucchi

SKETCH
Michele De Lucchi