Fano library expands with design by Mario Cucinella

The ancient Federician library aims to become one of the most representative venues of its kind in Europe, establishing a relationship between the historical fabric and the contemporary one.

The executive project for the restoration and expansion of the historic Federiciana Library in Fano, housed in a 17th-century building, has been approved. The restoration project of the 17th-century building aims to preserve the historical core of the library, focusing on reorganizing its pre-existing functions through the rearrangement of offices and the valuable volumes collected since the second half of the 17th century, particularly preserving and upgrading the famous Globe Room with its wooden shelves and furnishings.

The new expansion takes shape from the void created by the demolition of a modern annex devoid of historical and architectural value and, in continuity with contemporary urban design, aims to open a dialogue between ancient and contemporary Fano, opening towards the Gardens, the harbor, and the Sassonia promenade. Like a transparent case, this expansion houses four levels, plus a basement, which will host the vault of volumes to be preserved and a panoramic terrace. The green project aims to mend the surrounding urban fabric, with a ground-floor winter garden.

The estimated cost for the realization of the new cultural hub designed by Mario Cucinella Architects is 10.5 million euros, of which 2.5 million have been secured from PNRR funds, and the remaining 8 million will need to be raised from private partners.

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