Briganti Palace (Ridolfi)

Palazzo Briganti deserves a position of merit in the Terni "marked" by the pencil of Mario Ridolfi and Wolfgang Frankl. The same ones who made ample use of the typical sponge stone of medieval Terni to encase their works, when designing Palazzo Briganti chose a different solution in sign of respect for the nearby church of San Pietro, full of history, which had been built with that particular travertine extracted from the Marmore quarries.

At street level, the building, whose design dates back to 1962, takes into consideration the requirements of the client, the owner of a department store. It therefore presents a porch with glass surfaces on three sides.

Originally the fixed shop windows did not exist, they were substituted by a series of removable fixtures, which, according to Ridolfi's plan, were to be removed every day when the shop opened. The plan was to repropose, in a contemporary context, the medieval lodges which hosted markets. An originality which was lost with the arrangement of fixed windows, however, in a rearmost position so that, if not the lodge, at least the porch remained . On top of this, the cube-shaped top building.

On the higher levels, Ridolfi and Frankl made use of a typical court construction with a gallery, for them an experimental solution, to finish with a floor of covered terraces which recall the shapes used for the old buildings in Terni. With regards to the materials used for the outside coating, having avoided sponge stone, in order to enliven the building, ceramics were used to highlight balconies and windows. On the inside, an admirable elliptical staircase, while for the iron particulars, railings and door handles, Domenico Malagracci, where Palazzo Briganti is concerned, demonstrated his utmost skill of Master blacksmith.

Palazzo Briganti is part if a space decisively "marked" by the church of San Pietro, in an approach between ancient and modern which becomes more sfumato if Rudolfi's other building works, which are almost all around the right side of the church of San Pietro, are taken into consideration. In the latter, thanks to the massive use of sponge stone and small red bricks, we witness the reconstruction of a stretch of the old town, which develops from the fusion of the realisation of the buildings rather than the approach between ancient and contemporary.

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