In Brescia, a stone ribbon reunites the archaeological heritage within the historic city

Botticini + Facchinelli ARW has completed the UNESCO Corridor, connecting the focal points of the city’s archaeological site into an urban walkway.

The UNESCO Corridor, created on the 10th anniversary of including the Brescia archaeological site in the World Heritage List, proposes a ground project that brings together and enhances a cross-section of the ancient city of Brescia. The project defines a kilometer of pavement that covers about 2,500 years of history, guiding across the Capitoline Temple and the Santa Giulia complex, where the Roman age gives way to Lombard and then Renaissance fragments.
An urban walk, conceived Botticini + Facchinelli ARW as a continuous and immersive experience where the design of the pavement becomes the medium for a historical and urban narrative.

Corridoio Unesco, Brescia, Italy, 2023

On the ground, large stone slabs form the guiding element throughout the path, redesigning areas for passage and resting in relation to the ruins and the expansions of space. Five different project areas across various locations are thus defined. At the entrance to the Roman area,a focus point within the system, slabs made of Adamello diorite highlight the transition between the city and the archaeological site. From here, stretching by the temple, the stone becomes treated with an anti-slip hammering technique, configuring itself as a passage leading to the Santa Giulia complex

The cloister of Santa Maria in Solario then constitutes another focal point: at its center, a tree is placed in remembrance of the lime tree under which Manzoni set the death of Ermengarda in his tragedy Adelchi.
The ground design thus generates a walk through history, sewing together different areas and fragments of antiquity, giving value to the existing heritage through a minimal but measured action of the project.

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