Pino Pascali Museum

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Polignano a Mare | Italy
Antonella Mari, Matteo Lorusso, Francesco Angelillo
Alberto Ferrero
FerroFinestra W40 e Mogs Basic

…I hope to have a piece of land that is mirrored on the sea, one day… Pino Pascali

A few meters from the sea, an old municipal slaughterhouse houses the Foundation Museum dedicated to the work and the figure of Pino Pascali, leading artist of Arte Povera movement, born in Bari and prematurely passed away in the sixties. As location of the new museum, the nineteenth-century structure – which had previously undergone an expansion, that had deeply altered its characteristics – required completion and redevelopment of internal and external spaces, as well as the activation of new functional areas, in order to adapt them to the specific requirements of an exhibition space for contemporary art. The creation of windows and skylights has made it possible to optimize the diffusion of natural light inside the museum, and to redefine, with flexible structures, accesses, areas and routes. The white color, typical of the place, has been widely proposed: on the outside, to distinguish the volumes in expansion from the nineteenth-century building; in the inner rooms and in the reception areas of the main floor, to create neutral and luminous spaces. hite has also been chosen for the profiles of the windows and all internal and external doors and windows. Particular attention was paid to the selection of the most suitable materials, considering the size of the openings, the need to reduce heat loss and placement in an environment, which is suggestive but particularly aggressive. The solution for the large mirrors on the sea front and for the external doors has been identified in stainless steel 5050 profiles, while for the internal windows the thin section of FerroFinestra in galvanized steel was preferred. The identification of reduced section profiles was dictated by the need to frame, in the most discreet manner, the large portions of the sea, which are considered to be part of the beauties of the museum.

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