Together with Arthemisia, creator and manager of national and international exhibitions, Generali Italia has transformed with a major restoration project Palazzo Bonaparte in Rome, first location of Spazio Generali Valore Cultura, creating a center of art and beauty.
With about three thousand square meters of richly decorated spaces and a peculiar balcony facing Piazza Venezia, Palazzo Bonaparte is a precious symbol of the history of Rome by the architect Giovanni Antonio De Rossi. Built in the seventeenth century and property of Generali since the early ’70s, the palace has recently undergone a complete restoration, which lasted 12 months, renewing and optimizing from a functional and logistical point of view the environments, in total respect of the pre-existing architectural, historical and decorative elements. From the installation of the new systems to the lighting study, up to the recovery of the false ceilings and the rebuilding of the walls: the scrupulous renovation project managed by Generali Real Estate, which involved all the floors of the building, was followed by Studio Pras and the company D’Adiutorio, which took care of the realization with the support of the Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio of Rome. The aim of the ambitious work was to restore the original splendor of the building, in order to transform it into an art and culture center available to the community, within the Generali Valore Cultura, a multi-year plan created by Generali Italia in 2016 both to make art and culture accessible to a larger audience, and to enhance the Italian territory.
Thanks to the partnership between Generali Italia and Arthemisia, the exhibition area of Generali Valore Cultura at Palazzo Bonaparte has been inaugurated on 6th October 2019, along with the exhibition “Impressionisti Segreti”, including the most important private collections of the world.
The contribution of Nesite, a Padua based company that produces customised raised floors, was fundamental to the project in order to create an exhibition itinerary between the rooms that guarantees the safety of visitors and protects the existing flooring of unique beauty, while at the same time not altering the neoclassical language of the rooms. Over 800 square meters of extra-transparent glass surfaces have been laid by the company in the area open to the public. The load-bearing structure on which the glass modules rest, protected and reinforced by an ABS edge, is made up of adjustable columns and crosspieces in anti-corrosion anodized steel. The perimeter of the halls, instead, is framed by opaque glass walkways that, by concealing the underlying passage of electrical, network and air conditioning cables, have simplified the installation systems and the subsequent inspection and maintenance works. LED modules integrated in the steel structure of the floor have then allowed to create a warm and ethereal atmosphere, and to enhance the precious decorations of the floors. The absence of masonry works, as well as the maximum flexibility in the management of individual modules, their movement and their replacement, has made the elevated system the ideal choice to preserve the seventeenth-century shell and meet the strict requirements of a complex bound.
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Architect of Palazzo Bonaparte: Giovanni Antonio De Rossi
Year of construction: 1657-1677
Contractor of the renovation works: Generali Real Estate
Restructuring project: Studio Pras with the support of the Soprintendenza Speciale Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio of Rome
Realization: Impresa D’Adiutorio
Raised floor: Nesite