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Light that Brings Spaces to Life

In the Rocchetta Mattei Castle, for the lighting design project, architect Beatrice Ferrieri chooses L&L Luce&Light projectors to enhance the historic architecture

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03/04/2024 - In the Northern Apennines, L&L Luce&Light fixtures restore the ancient splendour of Rocchetta Mattei Castle, a private residence built on the ruins of the ancient 13th-century Rocca di Savignano. Reborn in the 19th century, thanks to the eccentric personality of Count Cesare Mattei, from whom it takes its name, the castle is a maze of towers, monumental staircases, reception spaces and private rooms in different styles. The lighting project by architect Beatrice Ferrieri conceives light as matter in a solid state without disturbing the original architectural balance of the building.
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Rocchetta Mattei castle, building of 19th century - Ph. Fabio Bascetta

The building was a very personal escape from the industrial city of the late 1800s. The spaces are interpreted in a style that aims at neo-medievalism but accepts Moorish inspiration and fiery Florentine, neo-romantic, Arabic and Slavic influences.

Today, the castle is owned by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna, which, after years of closure and neglect, has brought it back to life with a careful and extensive restoration, recovering its artistic and cultural value and making it accessible to visitors. In addition to the structural restoration of the 2,700 square metre building, which is 30 metres high, the lighting system was also completely redesigned.
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Rocchetta Mattei castle with lighting design project by Beatrice Ferrieri - Ph. Fabio Bascetta

The illumination was to be discreet, but at the same time delight the castle's visitors, be environmentally friendly and easy to maintain. With L&L Luce&Light, the lighting enhances the most precious details, breathing new life into a space that had been neglected for decades, hiding in corners and awakening new sensations.

The design was developed with the aim of using light to guide, orient and captivate visitors in this monumental labyrinth of spaces that communicate with each other most unusually. Light reveals and conceals, accentuates and soothes.
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Spot 1.0 spotlight - Ph. Fabio Bascetta

The compact Spot 1.0 projectors, 2W with 3000K light and 40° optics, mounted on perforated brackets, make them unobtrusive, while their many adjustment options make them highly versatile. As a result, they can meet all design requirements and highlight the details and characteristics of any room.

The chiaroscuro effects are particularly evident in the chapel, where Arabic-Islamic elements, such as the arches inspired by the Mezquita in Cordoba, interact with elements of the Italian medieval architecture tradition. The structure and decoration are purely ornamental, using light local materials such as plaster, cement, brick and wood.
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L&L Luce&Light lamps in castle on the Northern Apennine Mountains - Ph. Fabio Bascetta

The new lighting creates theatrical effects with multiple meanings in complete harmony with the existing architecture. Together with various technical considerations, such as the use of calibrated optics or grazing light to enhance the richness of the inlays and building materials, this has contributed significantly to the success of the lighting design.

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