The Istituto degli Innocenti is a reality where the countless functions related to the world of childhood take place. It is an institution that is both artistic / architectural heritage and an archive for the heritage /historical patrimony. On the one hand, the history of the building is tied to Filippo Brunelleschi, on the other hand, the history of the institute is linked to the memory of the many abandoned children here hosted. The project keeps in mind the complex life of the building, trying to relaunch this institution into the future, collecting all the functions in a single body: the new Museo degli Innocenti.
The project interventions are manifold, but they can be summarized in four basic actions: the resolution of the accessibility issues: from the square of SS. Annunziata - through the creation of a new door and a new entrance; of all the institute functions - with a new staircase and elevator system; finally, the opening to the public of an unused space in the basement of the building; the definition of an innovative exhibition system for a museum dedicated to children such as the Museo degli Innocenti is, to enhance both the historical and artistic heritage collected over the centuries since 1445 and the heritage and history of the Brunelleschi’s building; the discovery of a wide loggia, the Verone, transformed in a new public function, a literary café, housed in a new totally openable glass volume; the reorganization of the reception services, conference rooms and spaces for the formation of the complex.