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The São Paulo State Art Gallery is a visual arts museum with an emphasis on Brazilian production from the 19th century to the present day. Founded in 1905 by the state government of São Paulo, it is the oldest art museum in the city. It is housed in the old Liceo delle Arti e Mestieri building, designed at the end of the 19th century by the architect Ramos de Azevedo, which then underwent extensive renovation in the late 1990s by architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2006. The goal of the intervention was to adapt the building to the technical and functional requirements that would allow it to become the home of the State Art Gallery permanently. The originally open internal courtyards were covered over with flat skylights. The renovations allowed the spaces to be used in a new way. A new itinerary along the longitudinal axis of the building was designed to connect the two lateral courtyards. Finally, the museum entrance was positioned on the façade overlooking Praça da Luz on the southern side. The lighting project was developed together with the interior design: to integrate and conceal the lighting apparatuses in the architecture as much as possible and to give visual emphasis to the structures and materials found and recovered during the conservative restoration of the building. Museum Lighting Design: Lighting Design at the Service of Art. The corridors and galleries adjacent to the rooms overlook the courtyards, provide the museum’s natural itinerary and house sculptures. The lateral courtyards, crossed via metal walkways, and the large central octagonal patio receive daylight through the transparent covering and are designated to host events and temporary exhibitions. The gallery’s director requested a architectural lighting works that would favor the vertical planes using uninterrupted, homogeneous and controlled illumination for hanging both large and small works. This system is extremely flexible and permits the adjustment of light beams between in relation to the horizontal and vertical planes. The project described was realised in 1998.


Collaborations:
Paulo Mendes da Rocha Architects
Weliton Ricoy Torres Architects
Eduardo Colonnelli Architects

Photo Courtesy:
Piero Castiglioni

Year:
1998


Other Projects

Orsay Museum where architecture became a big lighting device, the reflections of light bulbs with walls and ceilings create a uniform light without shadows. Groups of projectors in Grassi Palace recall a small football field. Here was born a new type of lighting device. Reflector lamps and articulated support gives life at the "Cestello". Spasa na Krovi is a perfection of Mantova project. Light beams aggregation allow the device size reduction and the dispersion light control.

Detail of the lighting system used
View of the ceiling glass windows with lighting
Outdoor spaces with architectural lighting
A night view of the illuminated building
View of the rooms and the exhibition path
Deputies with the lighting used
View of the complex with night lighting
The stage of the Teatro Comunale of Florence
The works of art inside the illuminated Papal Stables
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci with the lighting used
Full view of the illuminated theater
Full view of the Cultural Center building
One of the rooms with the works on display and the lighting fixtures
Overall view of the Banca Lombarda building in Brescia
Overall view of the central courtyard of the service center
Detail of the illuminated facade of the Dior building
Front view of the Lingotto building in Turin
Front view of the main entrance facade
View from the outside of the building and the facades
Front view of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
Overall view of the concert hall
The illuminated hall of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum
Exterior view of the museum building
View of the museum from the water
Front view of the Il Sole 24 Ore Seat building
The lighting fixtures installed on the ceiling
Viktor & Rolf Showroom inside the showroom
Overall view of a room with ceiling lights
Another central view of the illuminated hall of Palazzo Marino
The historic center of Siena illuminated
The lighting of the Salone delle Feste at the Quirinale
The illuminated waiting canopies
Entrance to the exhibition set up of Gianni Versace
Il Porto Antico di Genova in una vista notturna
Detail of the lighting of the internal courtyard
Night view of the outline of the city of Mantua
Illuminated night view of the entrance courtyard
Night view of Malba - Costantini Foundation illuminated
Overall view of the Hall
Central view of the illuminated Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
The night lighting of the Sanctuary
Night view of the Italcementi Research Center
Night view of Porta Nuova Garibaldi Repubblica complex
St. Petersburg Spasa na Krovi outdoor lighting - master
Venice Grassi Palace outdoor night view- master
Museo d'Orsay Paris frontal view - master
Detail of the lighting system used
View of the ceiling glass windows with lighting
Outdoor spaces with architectural lighting
A night view of the illuminated building
View of the rooms and the exhibition path
Deputies with the lighting used
View of the complex with night lighting
The stage of the Teatro Comunale of Florence
The works of art inside the illuminated Papal Stables
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci with the lighting used
Full view of the illuminated theater
Full view of the Cultural Center building
One of the rooms with the works on display and the lighting fixtures
Overall view of the Banca Lombarda building in Brescia
Overall view of the central courtyard of the service center
Detail of the illuminated facade of the Dior building
Front view of the Lingotto building in Turin
Front view of the main entrance facade
View from the outside of the building and the facades
Front view of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
Overall view of the concert hall
The illuminated hall of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum
Exterior view of the museum building
View of the museum from the water
Front view of the Il Sole 24 Ore Seat building
The lighting fixtures installed on the ceiling
Viktor & Rolf Showroom inside the showroom
Overall view of a room with ceiling lights
Another central view of the illuminated hall of Palazzo Marino
The historic center of Siena illuminated
The lighting of the Salone delle Feste at the Quirinale
The illuminated waiting canopies
Entrance to the exhibition set up of Gianni Versace
Il Porto Antico di Genova in una vista notturna
Detail of the lighting of the internal courtyard
Night view of the outline of the city of Mantua
Illuminated night view of the entrance courtyard
Night view of Malba - Costantini Foundation illuminated
Overall view of the Hall
Central view of the illuminated Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
The night lighting of the Sanctuary
Night view of the Italcementi Research Center
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