A Temporary Roofing.
An openable permanent roof for a 2000-year old Roman amphitheatre is a structural and architectural challenge. The project was developed bearing in mind the teaching of Cesare Brandi and creating a reversible artefact that had minimal interference with the Arena, both from a structural and an architectural point of view. This approach finds its synthesis in a fully openable cover consisting of a centrally curved ETFE grid shell surrounded by a crown made of matte membranes in a veiled allusion to the original configuration of the “velarium” arena located throughout its perimeter as a sun protection. This lightweight structure is easy to move in one piece sideways over the Piazza Barbieri.
The opening and sliding off the roof unveils its own scenography and is generating a new urban potential for the Piazza Barbieri, which becomes like a negative imprint of the hidden arena space.
Architects: Andreas Vogler Studio, Munich – Andreas Vogler, Matteo Mazzero, Sylwia Pawlowska, Amanda Galvao, Agnieszka Lewicka.
Concept Engineering: Niccolo Baldassini, Paris.
Mechanical Engineering: Méca, Nantes, Ralph Gruand.
Structural Engineering: Dr. Ralf Reinecke, Munich.
Stage Engineering and Illumination: dUCKS scéno, Paris Amélie Chasseriaux, Michel Cova, Clement Dreano.
Environmental Engineering: TransSolar, Munich Markus Krauss.