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Brief Published: 8 Mar 2012

Modern Museum of History, Bologna


Fusing history and modernity, Italian architect Mario Bellini has given the 14th-century Palazzo Pepoli in Bologna a 21st-century makeover, transforming it into the Italian city’s new Museum of History.

Bellini has used a delicate mix of glass, steel and lighting to contrast the historic architecture of the palazzo and visually represent the passing of time. The dilapidated central courtyard has been renovated to create the heart of the museum, with the construction of a glass tower housing a café, shop and exhibition space.

Palazzo Pepoli is the final of eight buildings in Bologna to be restored as part of a cultural walkway cutting directly across the historical centre of the city.   

See Stylus' report Future-Classic: Contemporary Restoration for more examples of spatial design fusing old and new techniques.

Mario Bellini