Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
Location: Novara, Province of Novara, Italy
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Mauro Davoli
From the architect. The project involves the renovation of existing parts on the east and north sides of the Castle and the reconstruction of demolished parts, particularly the west and the south sides and the reconstruction of the tower in the main front on the square that, in historical time, has taken different form and size.
The Castle is the new museum of the city of Novara. In the south side there is the museum restaurant. The outdoor areas show a projection of exhibitions hosted in west side of the Castle. In the north side as well as the refurbishment of all the spaces, the project includes the reconstruction of the tower on his ancient wall hidden under the pitched roof. The two walls of ancient tower are extended on left and right side leaving open a view of the square, monuments of the city, Baptistery and the Antonelli great dome of San Gaudenzio Church. This open viewpoint become the image of the new civic Tower of Novara.
In the west part, the great roman wall is as a point of support for the new wing of the Castle. This extension recomposes the unity of the architectural complex in continuity with the ancient Visconti, Sforza and Spanish traces.
At ground floor, the great archeological wall is a typological guide element. Outside, the front of the new building includes a fragment of medieval wall and enhances its presence, emphasizing the value of material reconstruction, the sign of stratification of uses. It is emblematic can consider that the project starts with a primary system, the Roman, and that supports its own evolution as following, every time, a logical unit of architectural process.