Ricerche e restauri in palazzo Ardinghelli all'Aquila
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura, 2020
Studies for the conservation of the Ardinghelli palace, L’Aquila
The works of conservation of Palazzo Ardinghelli, seriously damaged by the 2009 earthquake, have been started in 2011 by the Regional Directorate for Cultural Heritage, with the advice of the Universities of Catania, Genoa, L’Aquila and Chieti-Pescara. Located on one of the most representative squares of L’Aquila, the palace is the result of various works of reconstruction of pre-existing buildings, some of which date back to the forteenth-fifteenth century, after the great earthquake of 1703. Based on an in-depth analysis of the damages, the works have preserved the existing masonries by consolidations; collapsed walls and floors have been rebuilt using bricks, wood and traditional techniques. The stone fragments have been recovered and reassembled, in order to achieve the reconstruction of the loggia. The vaults have been restored trying to save the traces of the building’s stratification. The conservation of masonry structures was completed in March 2015. Recently, the building has been assigned to MAXXI as a museum of contemporary art.