“The problem was to deal with the question of monumentality in the face of a city that had a very strong historical solidity, and to think, at the same time, how to deal with that part of the city. For us, the big problem has always been not so much that of a single monument, but of a new possible set of cities, which had to use precisely that position and that articularity to have and receive different changes and phases within itself. We had many approaches, even different ones, because there is a relationship with the monumental square and with the church, and a relationship, instead, with the uphill part, let’s say the one towards the sea for example, which had a very different character. They were all elements that allowed for an articulation, and the difficulty was to give unity to this articulation”. Vittorio Gregotti
The main pedestrian route of the Belem Cultural Centre is characterised by the rhythm of the sequence of differentiated spaces crossed and the side views of the service roads that intersect it. The main eastern side conforms dimensionally to the Convento de Los Jeronimos, in which the EEC Council, meeting rooms, all the necessary service facilities, the large auditorium, a 1500-seat opera house and an exhibition centre are located in three blocks. The pedestrian route finds its fulcrum in the large public square of the Museum. Exhibition spaces for temporary exhibitions (8000 m2) are located below the square while the permanent museum rooms are located in the buildings surrounding it. Garden terraces, overlooking the river and the city, host the outdoor exhibitions. The lighting design was entrusted to architect Piero Castiglioni. This general indoor and outdoor lighting project can be found in the building section: architectural lighting works, Vittorio Gregotti asked architect Piero Castiglioni for multiple lighting design collaborations. Some of the collaborations include the Arcimboldi Theatre in Milan, the Sala degli spettacoli in Pays d’Aix, the Sala Napoleonica for the Brera Academy.
Gregotti Associated Architects
Manuel Salgado 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.