Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali

Ampliamento e riqualificazione Polignano a Mare / Italy / 2016

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A few meters from the sea, an old municipal slaughterhouse hosts the Foundation Museum dedicated to the work and figure of Pino Pascali, leading artist of Arte Povera, born in Bari and prematurely passed away in the sixties. As a new museum, the nineteenth-century structure - already interested by previous expansion that had greatly altered its character - required completion and redevelopment of internal and external spaces, as well as the activation of new functional areas, in order to adapt them to the specific requirements of a place for contemporary art. The location of the building suggested a project strongly focused on the relationship with its geographical and urban context, particularly through the creation of a small sculpture park open to the neighborhood and the sea, and the realization of a public access path to the new roof garden. A continuous system of metal ramps gives access and connects the different levels of the panoramic terrace, now characterized by large areas paved in wood, destined to hosting exhibitions and outdoor events. As for the pre-existing structures, the intervention involved the redefinition of the elevations and the entrances; the creation of a bookshop, the setting up of a café with large windows overlooking the sea and an outdoor area; the recovery of former deposits in the basement, intended to house the Foundation's permanent collection. Large windows and skylights has made it possible to optimize the diffusion of natural light inside the museum, as well as redefine, with flexible structures, accesses, areas and routes. The white color, typical of the area, has been widely proposed: in the exterior, to distinguish the new volumes from the nineteenth-century building; in the inner rooms and reception areas of the main floor, to create neutral and luminous spaces. The warm  atmosphere of gray finishes was preferred in the basement, destined to host installations and video projections.

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    A few meters from the sea, an old municipal slaughterhouse hosts the Foundation Museum dedicated to the work and figure of Pino Pascali, leading artist of Arte Povera, born in Bari and prematurely passed away in the sixties. As a new museum, the nineteenth-century structure - already interested by previous expansion that had greatly altered its character - required completion and redevelopment of internal and external spaces, as well as the activation of new functional areas, in order to...

    Project details
    • Year 2016
    • Work finished in 2016
    • Main structure Mixed structure
    • Client Fondazione Pino Pascali, Comune di Polignano a Mare, Regione Puglia
    • Contractor Impresa Ing. Antonio Resta
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Multi-purpose Cultural Centres / Museums / Art Galleries / Recovery/Restoration of Historic Buildings
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