Cantiere della Cultura Sant’Agostino, the Librarian Blades.

Art and Bank: Cassa Risparmio Modena.

The former hospital in Modena becomes a Culture Site.

The former hospital Sant’Agostino in Modena becomes a “Culture Site” through the agreement Ministry Beni Culturali, Comune di Modena and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena (owner of the building) and the upgrading project of the eighteenth-century complex, which Gae Aulenti worked on, too.

The 23.000 m2 of the structure will accommodate: the Librarian Centre, the Exhibiting Area , the Centre for Photography and the 180-seat concert hall, as well as bars, restaurants, shops, guest flats and space for public events. The project (team composed by Consorzio Leonardo di Modena, Studio Gae Aulenti Architetti Associati di Milano and Studio Associato Architetti Doglioni-Daminato di Feltre), winner of a competition, provides for the covering of the Great Court, which is meant as a hall, and the carrying out of the  “Librarian Blades”, two 30 m high mechanized towers (7 m of which underground ) that will contain over 800 thousand volumes coming from the Estense and Poletti libraries. The Exhibition Centre won’t be tied to the opening of the libraries and is bound to be one of the major city areas for art exhibitions.

Captions

1 Cantiere della Cultura Sant’Agostino, the Librarian Blades.

2 Cantiere della Cultura Sant’Agostino, the shopping center.

3 Cantiere della Cultura Sant’Agostino, the library.

4 Cantiere della Cultura Sant’Agostino, the exhibiting area.

5 Cantiere della Cultura Sant’Agostino, the auditorium.

6 Cantiere della Cultura Sant’Agostino, the covered patio..

7 Cantiere della Cultura Sant’Agostino, outside facade.

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