Completion of renovation, restoration and refurbishment of
Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy
The Palazzo dei Diamanti, a Renaissance masterpiece and iconic building in Ferrara, Italy, reopens to the public after the careful restoration and refurbishment carried out by the architectural firm Labics. A symbol of Renaissance architecture and one of the most famous Italian monuments in the world, the palace is so-called because it exhibits 8,500 pyramid-shaped ashlars on its two external facades, alluding to the Este emblem of the diamond. The architectural intervention by Labics is conceived as a museographic rewriting that enhances the configuration of the Renaissance palace itself, establishing a consequentiality and circularity between its rooms.
The first intervention involved the main pre-existing exhibition spaces. New burnished brass portals were inserted in both wings to accentuate the spatial sequence of the Renaissance palace. The second intervention involved the spaces formerly occupied by the Museum of the Risorgimento, which were completely renovated and designated for new functions to support the exhibition activities: coffee-shop, bookstore, educational room and multipurpose space. The third intervention focused on ensuring continuity in both indoor and outdoor paths. Regarding the internal pathways, Labics reopened a significant connection that had been interrupted over time between the former Museum of the Risorgimento and the main courtyard.
The most significant intervention is the creation in the garden of a connection between the two wings of the Palace through a wooden structure, essential and light, partially glazed, which extends into the garden, highlighting its main geometries. The garden, conceived by Labics with landscape designer Stefano Olivari, recovers the layout of the ancient "brolo" (orchard) with its squares and rectangles and brings to light, in a contemporary key, the arrangement documented since the second half of the 18th century. The project structures the paths of the monumental complex and establishes a contemporary idea of the museum space in the Palazzo dei Diamanti.
Principal Architects：Maria Claudia Clemente．Francesco Isidori
Structural Engineering：3TI progetti italia
Landscape design：Stefano Olivari
Character of Space：Museum
結構工程：3TI progetti italia