THE CHALLENGE OF CONFRONTING THE IMPORTANT PRE-EXISTENCE BY CARLO SCARPA
Recovery of the East Wing and the Mosaic Room of the Museum of Castelvecchio in Verona
Filippo Bricolo - Bricolo Falsarella Architetti
This project for the refurbishment of the East Wing and Mosaic Room at the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona is focused on the insertion and exhibition of a polychrome mosaic in a ground floor room. The mosaic belonged to a Roman domus whose remains were discovered in the nearby Piazza dell’Arco dei Gavi. The project also included the refurbishment of an adjacent service space. The first tangible sign of the project by Bricolo-Falsarella is the black metal panel positioned in the atrium and indicating the entrance to the Mosaic Room and the path up to the Sala Boggian, using two narrow cuts to create a discrete and effective sign. The threshold to the room dedicated to the mosaic is defined by a thick steel portal that lines an existing arched opening, though finishing at a lower height. The two spaces communicate, thanks also to a play of reflections.