Zumaglini & Gallina

Restoration and functional reinstatement
of the Certosa-Castello

Valcasotto (CN)

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Time for completion: 450 consecutive calendar days
Client: Regione Piemonte
External works: 4,000 sq. m
External restoration (façade): 10,000 sq. m
Internal restoration: 2,500 sq. m

The restoration of the Certosa-Castello of Valcasotto represents a splendid example of application of technical and scientific expertise at the service of art. Preservation of architectural characteristics and of textured surfaces played an essential role in the functional reinstatement of the spaces.
The marked stately style of the context has been forged through the valorisation of exquisite details. This made it possible to achieve the goal of this historic dwelling: become a “museum of itself” .
The methodological and technical-scientific approach of the phases of the work was based on continuous cognitive analysis of the building to be restored. Identifying and documenting the sequence of the works, it was possible to insert new improvements in the technical applications, in particular in operations of consolidation and preservation of the assets.
This was also furthered by the high level specialist technical qualification of the personnel involved, combined with availability of specialised site equipment to carry out the restoration works.
The logistic organisation of the site was designed in such a way as to reduce interference in the context of the project to a minimum and to preserve the building to be restored.

The works carried out were as follows:

  • Structural consolidation of the South Wing and architectural restoration of the base of the tower
  • Partial resurfacing and restoration of the section of the boundary wall between the base of the tower and the South entrance gate
  • Functional recovery and restoration of the ground floor of the North-East Wing (to be used for reception purposes), of the ground floor of the South-East wing and of the monks’ refectory (to be used as teaching and exhibition area)
  • Restoration and reinstatement of the novices cloister
  • Functional recovery and restoration of the ground floor of the South-East Wing (to be used as cafeteria)
  • Functional recovery and restoration of the second floor of the South and North Wings (to be used as guest facilities, offices and accommodation)
  • Restoration of the side Wings
  • Interventions on the tambour of the Royal Chapel
  • Structural and architectural restoration of the façade of the Royal Chapel and of all the façades of the castle
  • Restoration of the portico and hallways.