The Theater of the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, symbol of excellent teaching methodology, opened to the public again in 2010 after a restoration that lasted less than one year. The architecture firm Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners was commissioned by the Naples’ Public Works Superintendent to conceive and supervise the restoration project.
The project aimed at providing the theater with better tools for expressing its central importance in the teaching of the performing arts today, and especially for the institution’s famous school of set design.
The restoration works developed around the stage and the pit, reviewing the interior's aesthetics, improving the hall's acoustic performances and reorganizing the service areas. The new acoustic panels are conceived like grey wooden leaves that follow the acoustic curve and the project improved even the stage’s visibility for the audience, creating a single pit with staggered rows on an ascending platform.
PROJECT DATA AND CREDITS
project Restoration of the Theater of the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples
client Naples’ Public Works Superintendent and Academy of Fine Arts in Naples
architectural project and art direction Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners (Massimo Alvisi, Junko Kirimoto, Alessanda Spiezia, Arabella Rocca, Chiara Quadraccia, Carolina Ossandon Avetikian, Sara Piccialli ); Naples’ public works Superintendent
mechanical systems Eng. Mario Semproni, Naples’ Public Works Superintendent
Fire safety consultant Eng. Bernardo Gioberti
size 700 square meter
schedule completed in 2010
photographs Anna Galante