Cairate Monastery

Cairate Town Hall and Province of Varese exhibition center Cairate / Italy / 2010

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The Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the seventh century by the noble Longobard Manegunda, is one of the most important examples of Benedictine medieval architecture from northern Italy. The restoration was not limited to the preservation of the existing structures but, through the reconstruction of the volumes in a contemporary key, it became the headquarters of the Town Hall of Cairate and a cultural space capable of accommodating the valuable art collections of the Varese Province. Following the discovery of the foundations of a building dating back to late antiquity in the so called court of Saint Pancrazio, a volume of structural glass was implemented, useful to enhance and protect the artifacts and welcome the Municipal Library.
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    The Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the seventh century by the noble Longobard Manegunda, is one of the most important examples of Benedictine medieval architecture from northern Italy. The restoration was not limited to the preservation of the existing structures but, through the reconstruction of the volumes in a contemporary key, it became the headquarters of the Town Hall of Cairate and a cultural space capable of accommodating the valuable art collections of the Varese...

    Project details
    • Year 2010
    • Work started in 2004
    • Work finished in 2010
    • Main structure Masonry
    • Client Provincia di Varese
    • Cost 11.350.000
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Town Halls / Museums / Libraries
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