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The new museum complex of the Sanctuary of Ercole Vincitore


AUTHORS: Lorenzo Vecchio, Adelaide Tremori
PLACE: Tivoli, Rome, Italy
YEAR: 2021
STATUS: Unbuilt
INSTAGRAM [1]: @lorenzo_vcc
INSTAGRAM [2]: @adelaidetremori


The following architectural project aims at the redevelopment of the former industrial paper mill of Tivoli, a site of considerable historical and cultural importance that rises within the Sanctuary of Ercole Vincitore.

A fundamental aspect of the project will be the design of the museum layout, using Travertino. It will ensure the proper preservation and enhancement of the Roman works on display, crating at the same time a synergistic connection with the nearby villa d’Este and villa Adriana.


The attempt of this project was to not affect the Roman remains and to maintain the overall layout of the paper mill, whose ruin is a true testimony of industrial archaeology. The two bodies were, however, clearly distinguished, with glass blades that make the historical stratifications immediately legible.

The actions for this project were:

1)Β  the insertion of perpendicular septa to the plug walls or to infill the paper mill’s arches; on the one hand they accommodate the display cases, on the other they support the roof slabs, allowing a differentiated treatment of the light

2) erosion of the roof, conceived as stratification and excavation

3) the erosion of the façade, which reflects the same morphological characteristics as the roof.

4) the reorganization of the entire museum route, which, having differentiated the entry and exit flows, is now easier to use.

5) the creation of a floating path on the water, which recalls the deep connection of the place with the waters of the Aniene river and the fountains of the Villa d’Este.

The museum will allow the preservation and protection of works of art of historical and artistic value, allowing the public to appreciate and better understand the Roman cultural heritage. This is essential to preserve the historical memory and testimonies of past civilizations, ensuring that they are accessible to future generations.

The use of traditional and local materials, such as Travertino arranged in slabs along the external fronts and stone materials in the interior rooms, is a significant design choice that creates a visual and conceptual dialogue between the old and the new, integrating the ruin into the new museum.

The use of Travertino, a typical material of Roman architecture, as an external covering along the fronts of the museum, gives a link with the local tradition and with the architecture of ancient Rome. The Travertino slabs, arranged harmoniously along the facades, can recall the idea of historical stratification and create an impression of continuity between the ruin and the modern building.


Lorenzo Vecchio (Firenze, Italy, 1998) is graduated in architecture at the University of Florence, Italy.Β  He studied in Florence and Seville and discussed his thesis with an architectural project for a new oil mill in the Florentine hills.

Adelaide Tremori (San Miniato, Italy, 1998) is a student about to graduate at the University of Florence Italy, always interested in the design of museum spaces.


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