Palazzo Lomellino, Genoa 2007
A spyglass through timeBooks that float on the light
In Palazzo Nicolosio Lomellino (1563-1569), a UNESCO world heritage site, the Salone Maggiore has been the subject of conservation and scenographic intervention.
The prime objective has been to bring the hall, bombed in 1942 and rebuilt according to a design by Albini, back to the proportions of a sixteenth century interior.
Then a second scenography has remodelled the space by carving out openings in the walls to reveal other spaces: the Bergamasco room, the original and impressive molding of the Salone, and the current studio on the mezzanine floor. A spyglass through time, unveiling the historical layers of these interiors.
Suspended on transparent shelves, the books seem to float in the light, ethereal, distant icons of a world that has managed to escape the digital era; the backlight effect heightens what is a dying breed of Uniqueness.
The lighting of the adjoining hall bathes Albini’s fine iron staircase in a speckled golden light.