EXEMPLARY SYNTHESIS OF ANCIENT AND MODERN
Situated between San Pietro, Castel Sant’Angelo and the Tiber embankment, the new campus of the L.U.M.S.A University (Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta) is the result of a project that was able to harmonise the most innovative architectural solutions with the majesty of the adjacent historical monuments.
The architectural project by Giuseppe Manara & Partners with careful attention paid to preservation needs, consolidated the existing structure by connecting it to a new building made of steel, glass and Corian with a contemporary style. The result is the “Jubilee” complex: a functional and modern campus that includes university residences, administrative services, a cafeteria, a panoramic terrace, communal space, a gym and a library dedicated to Giorgio Petrocchi.
The refurbishment project, under the technical direction by Maurizio Russo - technical engineer at LUMSA - and professor Mario di Paola – University of Palermo - involved also the complete restoration of the external spaces to create large pedestrian areas. The glass wall made with alternating curvilinear, concave and convex shapes faces towards part of the Passetto di Borgo which has been restored to its original splendour: features and materials which had been hidden for centuries by subsequent layers have been brought to light and highlighted.
Overlooking the historic Passetto and protected by the undulating glass and steel wall the Giorgio Petrocchi central library, the real heart of the project, is home to more than 150 thousand volumes and can be used by the local community. The building which is spread over six floors and houses the university residences has a large quadruple-height hall with curved balconies.
The lighting project, consistent with the principles which inspired the project and largely done using Targetti fixtures has helped to consolidate the union between ancient and modern. Linear fixtures from the JEDI range with grazing optic adorn the walls of the Passetto di Borgo with charm and light at night; grazing light that highlights and enhances the three-dimensionality of every detail with a great visual effect. Again JEDI, together with KEPLERO ZOOM recessed projectors are used to light the façade of the central library to highlight the curvilinear shape of the glass wall and the characteristic steel and Corian features.
Inside the Jubilee Building the hall is lit using recessed fixtures from the BEBOP range, while general lighting in the Auditorium and the adjacent conference rooms uses fixed and adjustable recessed ceiling fixtures from the CTTLED Architectural range.