New Bars & Cafe’ No. 2

Caffe’ delle Papesse

An excerpt from an article by Paola Gallo

[… The Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena, attributed to Bernardo Rossellino and now the Centre of Contemporary Art, was adapted to include a new ticket office and a cafeteria in its entrance hall. The project achieves a happy synthesis between the urban context, the historical context, and contemporary functionality. The project seeks to form a relationship with the exterior of the building, linking them together by keeping the same flooring throughout the ground floor, which is in conceptual continuity with the urban flagstones. Inside, the interpretation of the two contiguous rooms is, first of all, volumetric, to balance out the double-height space, a vertical evolution of the rooms in relation to the floor area…]