Domus Tiberiana, Rome
2021 – ongoing
Client: Electa S.p.A
Exhibition Design: Guicciardini & Magni Architects
Lighting Design: Arch. Massimo Iarussi, with Serena Caponetti
Electrical Systems Project: P.I. Sacha Nocciolini
The Domus Tiberiana, home of Emperor Tiberius (14-37 AD), was the first great imperial palace to be built on the Palatine Hill. Fallen into abandonment towards the end of the tenth century, the palace suffered the spoliation of its rich materials and decorations, until, in the sixteenth century, what remained of it was buried under the Farnesian Gardens, built by Cardinal Farnese right above the palace.
Of the little that has remained visible of the sumptuous palace, the most characteristic part is the one facing the Roman Forum, consisting of 18 rectangular rooms, built in brick and vaulted, which take place along the ascent of the Clivio della Vittoria.
After 40 years of closure, during which it has been the subject of studies and restorations, the Domus will soon be reopened to the public with a new layout, which will tell the life of the building and exhibit unpublished finds from the most recent excavations.
The lighting project aims to recreate the charm of those monumental spaces, working with a very warm grazing light on the wall textures, and on the finds, illuminated in a contrasted manner.