Conversion of ground floor and cistern level of the Bishop’s Fortress of Bertinoro into Inter-religious Museum. The visit path crosses three sections: ground floor, underground and courtyard garden. The permanent installation in the ground floor fulfills educational and notional purposes. The dramatic descent to the underground cistern is intended as an experiential apparatus. The only element designed in the cistern space is a floating floor composed of irregular glass panes. It allows the visitors to walk above the exposed sloping bottom and allows for a lighting system from bottom up. Video screens located in the niches continuously play art clips centered on the rapport religion-modernity, whereas the courtyard garden becomes the place of reconciliation of the paths of the three monotheist religions. Three lemon trees compose a tamed nature reminding of the ancient hortus conclusus. A trail of travertine cobblestones crosses the lawn leading the steps as those of pilgrims. On three travertine benches are inserted three bronze sculptural pieces: the mystic rose enameled in bright green and red, the gushing fountain of purity, the olive branch of peace.
competition: restricted, 2004
bid: Bishopric of Forlì-Bertinoro
floor area block: 2,500 sqm
design: Roberto Pasini, Davide Canali, Andrea Ranieri / with: Sally Rigg