The new Palazzo della Cultura, a museum area of ​​European caliber and a literary café to revive one of the most suggestive places in Avellino

The Palazzo della Cultura in Avellino is ready to redo its appearance to return to being one of the nerve centers of the city’s cultural and social life. For the building in Corso Europe, the headquarters of Provincial Library “Scipione and Giulio Capone” and the archaeological part of Irpino Museumthe province of Avellino has published the tender for the integrated contract for the design and execution of the renovation and refurbishment of the historic building of neo-nationalist architecture, designed by architect Francesco Fariello in 1955 and inaugurated on December 19, 1966for about 900 thousand euros.

Museums are constantly evolving. They can no longer be considered as static buildings where works of art can be placed, but dynamic places where freedom of expression and new forms of socialization and interaction with the public find a natural refuge. Around this assumption, the restructuring and re-functionalization intervention of the Palazzo della Cultura in Corso Europa will be developed, the cardinal point of a new vision of culture and beauty, inaugurated by the new course in the province of Avellino led by President Rino Buonopane.

The project, banned during these hours on PA’s electronic market thanks to the engineer’s work Sergio Davidderesponsible for the procedure, will concentrate on the ground floor of the buildingthe one where the archeological part of the Irpinia Museum is housed which tells about the area’s history and origins from prehistoric times to late Roman times and will have as its main goal to promote and bring together new opportunities for socialization that can revitalize the Palace of Culture and open it more realistically.

All this will be done through new functions which, in the design idea, must make the visit or stay inside the museum spaces and the library on the first floor more pleasant, on the basis of experiences that have already matured in the rest of Europe. And just blink at places like Canova Tadolini Studio Museum in Romewhere it is possible to have a tea among Antonio Canova’s plaster casts, or it café Jacquemart André in Pariswhere you can stop in the beautiful dining room surrounded by masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance, the French seventeenth century and the Flemish golden age, or even Kunsthistorisches Museum Café in Viennaset up in the monumental dome-shaped hall where you can admire Arcimboldo’s lavish works, the allegories of the four seasons, even the Palazzo della Cultura in Avellino will tend to transform itself, in its small way, into a place of extraordinary merging.

And so, to create an adequate place of refreshment, a kind of literary café, without disturbing the museum’s space or reducing its path, the project signed byarchitect Massimo Russo will include the creation of two new small volumes, light, reversible, with large transparencies, presented as two new large stands to encompass the new forms of sociality and which will need to engage in dialogue with those who preserve Irpinia’s history and culture.

The first volume will be placed against the outer garden and will be configured as the new entrance to the museum’s exhibition area, avoiding unnecessary overlap with free access to the library upstairs. In this way, the new side entrance will allow visitors to enjoy a unique space inside the courtyard, the literary café, before immersing themselves in the museum area. In this way, the kind of ideal axis will also be restored, represented by the architect Fariello 55, between the inner mosaic and the garden and between the new entrance volume to the museum and the entrances to Villa Comunale on Corso Europa and Corso Vittorio Emanuele. All this will also restore the dignity of the glass window which is now encapsulated which opens straight towards the garden. The new space inside the courtyard, which will take the visitor into the heart of the museum, will be complemented by an easy glass walkway that will exceed the old mosaic floor and finally connect the new entrance to the museum with the former agricultural garden.

The work will of course also affect the structural structure of the building, which improves not only the aesthetic aspect but also the functional with the installation of an emergency staircase that will increase the safety of the entire structure.

And so, after submitting the plan for the restoration and re-functionalization of the former agricultural garden to the public for the restoration and improvement of historic parks and gardens to be funded as part of mission 1 of the national recovery and resistance plan for 640 thousand euros, the province Avellino is ready to begin the rebuilding of the Palazzo della Cultura with another 900,000 euros. Two interventions that have the ambition to transform a central part of the city of Avellino, and propose it again for collective use as one of the most suggestive places in all of Irpinia. Two projects that will certainly have different implementation times but which will at least have a common denominator, the strengthening of an underutilized urban space but with extraordinary potential.

Should the award of the intervention arrive at the end of May as they hope from Palazzo Caracciolo, it will take 319 days to complete the work on the building, of which 259 of these will be dedicated to restoration of the structure and another 60, on the other hand, useful for executive design services. This means that by the summer of 2023, the new Palace of Culture can be returned to the city in all its glory 57 years after the inauguration.

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