The Architectural lighting design of the Gonzaga Route in Mantua is confronted with complex themes: historical-architectural (from the Middle Ages to the present day), environmental, anthropological, social, functional and service. Lighting must also solve functional problems, where function is not only the resolution of practical and regulatory problems, but also and above all a service to reading and enjoying its extraordinary treasures. This complexity led to the formation of a deliberately interdisciplinary design team, combining the Lighting Designer with other skills. The project conceived by Tea and the Municipality of Mantua to “reconstruct, with the medium of light, a route that crosses the city and enhances the places and buildings of greatest historical and cultural interest, using luminaires and solutions that can fit harmoniously into the urban context. The route runs from the Ducal Palace for about 2,200 metres to Palazzo Te. The project annexes the Rio from Lago Superiore to Porta Catena. The Ponte di San Giorgio, the entrance to the city, replaces the lighting on poles with a system of column luminaires, that free up the perspective view of Castello San Giorgio and the Cavallerizza. This intervention sees the use of a new innovative system as a protagonist: the façade of the Palaces and Churches is illuminated with projectors for beam composition. A new way of interpreting the façade lighting project. Several small projectors by beam composition ensure better uniformity of illumination, without dispersion of light flow. A result difficult to achieve with fewer, larger luminaires. The positioning of the battery of projectors in the façade in front is hidden from view as much as possible. The beam composition system has also been used to Church lighting and places of worship such as the Spasa na Krovi Church in St Petersburg.
Pier Luigi Cerri Architects
Alessandro Colombo Architects
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.