After a history of pomp and grandeur, the conditions of the building in the 1990s were seriously decayed.
The construction, which dates back to the early 1800s, is divided into four wings around a courtyard, and presents itself as a stately home: a large fully frescoed room opens immediately after the main entrance. The other parts of the villa were not decorated, with the exception of an adjoining room, which had some very ruined frescoes.
The project involved the restoration of the main hall and the facade overlooking the road. The architectural and decorative aspects of the property have been preserved, while an office and nine dwelling units have been inserted in the premises. The office is located on the main hall and the rooms to the west adjacent to it.
Inside the residential units, the ground floor was meant for the living area and the first floor for the sleeping area. Each unit has its own internal stairs.
The access to the single houses is either through the garden or the courtyard. For some of the housing units the yard is for exclusive use, with access from the house.
The project involved the demolition and rebuilding of the south wing of the building, in order to allow the construction of an underground garage.
In the south wing there are two housing units, distributed on two floors.
The facades facing the courtyard have not been substantially altered, except for the position of some holes and portals meant for the driveway access.
The need for an increase of housing units has imposed the fragmentation of spaces that were once connected to each other.
The loss of inner unity is however not perceptible from outside, because the facades have basically not been altered.
The attempt has been made to remain true to the spirit of a unified architectural structure by intervening in unison on the facades, while respecting as much as possible the alignment of the entire complex. The stairs system has been confirmed as a pivot between the different wings of the building, while the main hall has maintained its grand and solemn function.
The intervention involving demolition and reconstruction, has respected he size of the original walls and the direction of the ceiling wooden beams.
Substantial restoration of the frescoes has been undertaken.
In particular, the frescoed ceiling in the main hall have been underpinned. The hall roof has been removed and the upper parts of the frescoes have been fixed with resin.
The frescoes have then been partially removed and replaced, in order to allow structural work on the roof curbs.
After completing the frescoes restoration, the lost pictorial parts have been integrated.
Villa Brigido, Trieste