Diocese Museum
Sutri, Viterbo - Italia
Studio Adolini
Alessandra Chemollo
Officine Ragnini snc
corten steel
A Roman town situated along Via Cassia between Viterbo and Rome, titular see of the Papal State for almost one thousand years, a rural hamlet, market, and a place of pilgrimage along Via Francigena, Sutri is on a hill, surrounded by lush green valleys and rivers. Dating from the thirteenth century and built close to the cathedral, the bishop’s palace bears the traces of countless reconstructions and transformation but has still preserved the character of mediaeval architecture in central Italy, with the colours of tufaceous stone and the majestic volumes on the slope. Its philological restoration and new use as a museum resulted in the reinforcement of the structures and modernisation of the various systems, the additions of stairs, ramps, elevators, technical compartments and the replacement of all windows and doors. The additional elements are faced with corten steel, thus integrating with the colours of the ancient town whilst characterising the contemporary nature of the works. With their clear, essential lines of the EBE 65 profiles, the windows and doors – also in corten steel – reproduce the openings throughout the ages, as well as their forms and dimensions.