This work sums up the fundamental aspects of a method developed and consolidated by Massimo Carmassi during his intensive career as a designer and restorer.
The restoration of the former military bakery at the Santa Marta Barracks in Verona – built to a design drawn up by the Engineering Corps of the Austrian army and opened in 1865 – is the latest project, and one of the most challenging yet in the action-packed career of Massimo Carmassi, to restore and lend a functional purpose to a historic building. This book sums up the fundamental aspects of a method developed and consolidated by Carmassi during his busy career as a designer and restorer. The key to this project to restore an austere building designed by the Austrian army, almost 120 m long and 50 m deep, with strong structural density and considerable volumetric complexity, was the definition of a new layout strategy in the building. The new arrangement responds to the needs of the university while maintaining and enhancing its spaces and materials. The book describes in detail the various stages in the restoration of the former bakery: architectural surveys and documentation on the status quo; drawings (plans, cross-sections, axonometric projections and details), a description of all the work phases and, finally, a comprehensive photographic record of the project by Mario Ciampi.