Civic Museum of St. Caterina, Treviso

Civic Museum of St. Caterina, Treviso, Italy
2007 – 2008
Client: Albertin & Company Srl
Lighting Designer: Arch. Massimo Iarussi con Ing. Giovanni Albertin
Electrical Engineers: Albertin & Company Srl

Recently restored, the Santa Caterina complex houses the Civic Museums of Treviso. A multipurpose space has been created in the former church. It houses the frescoes of the Stories of St. Ursula by Tommaso da Modena, one of the absolute masterpieces of fourteenth-century Italian art, which, detached from the walls, are displayed on panels. Moreover, in the space there is an auditorium-room for concerts and events.
In order to adapt the light to the different situations in which the hall may be used, the lighting project is based on the management of different scenarios, and on the combined use of direct and indirect diffused light.
For direct light, special luminaires were designed, camouflaged on the intrados of the trusses, on either side of the monk, and equipped with precision spotlights. To facilitate maintenance, the luminaires can be lowered using motorized units.
For the ambient lighting and to give the right emphasis to the trusses and the roof frame, indirect light fixtures have been used, placed on top of technological custom made totems, which also house the technological services: audio broadcasting, video surveillance and emergency lighting.