Ex Tribunale

Bressanone, Italy
Photo © Roberto Sartor
Photo © Roberto Sartor
Photo © Roberto Sartor
Photo © Roberto Sartor
Photo © Roberto Sartor
Photo © Roberto Sartor
Photo © Roberto Sartor
Drawing © Carlana Mezzalira Pentimalli
Carlana Mezzalira Pentimalli
Comune di Bressanone (BZ)
Giada Cattelan, Alessio Oliviero

The project for the new public library in Bressanone started with the refurbishment of the building named Ex-Tribunale as first stage, which is one of the oldest constructions in the city and was the Bishop’s sojourn. It is a relevant edifice, directly facing Piazza Duomo, which went through many changes during the centuries both regarding the architectural aspects and the functional ones. The project, perceived as meticulous designing and manufacturing process, allowed to recover the traditional materials, to give back (when possible) the original decorations and the spatiality typical of Bressanone. It allowed enhancing some distorted spaces (those whose original nature was impossible to re-establish) as respectful as possible. This last necessity springs the architectural choice of design some cornices, lighting fixtures and accessories in the most timeless way. These elements are designed as they were part of the antiques, always belonged to the existing building, but without any nostalgia of the past: accessories and devices conceived with a strong vocation of contemporaneity.

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