A sequence of original architectures created as a tribute to the archaeological finds of the city of Aquileia.
Six exemplary works of art that interact with their context and content, the historic works they protect. Museum architecture that levers the passion of rediscovered memory to rebuild a fragmentary urban texture and restore the identity of an entire community.
A prime example of a very Italian approach to design.
The book traces the stages of the exceptional work carried out by the firm of architects appointed to carry out the redevelopment of a stratified context such as that of the Basilica complex of Aquileia, one of the major titular sees of Christianity. The interventions planned and carried out between 2003 and 2017 have reversed the relationship that usually favours the building over the exhibits, creating an example of obsequious balance between ancient and modern.
The architectural project has enhanced the archaeological remains, opening them up to the public and, at the same time, playing an explanatory role thanks to the museographic approach adopted. One of the peculiar virtues of the project lies in the fact that the archaeology has been left in situ, in a very successful synergy between excellent design, architectural space and historical context.
The redevelopment of the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia complex area won GTRF Giovani Tortelli Roberto Frassoni Architetti Associati the prestigious Piranesi-Prix de Rome, an important worldwide recognition for the enhancement of cultural heritage.