When completed, AGO Modena will become a location that unites various institutions in visual arts, digital culture and educational experimentation.
Established by the City of Modena, Fondazione di Modena and the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, AGO will host numerous entities across many disciplines, including the Modena Visual Arts Foundation, the Museo della Figurina dedicated to collectible cards, and the Interdepartmental Research Centre on Digital Humanities.
“In many cases, the restoration of an ancient building leads to a static result that does not interact much with what will be contained inside," Rota says.
"In the project for the former Sant’Agostino Hospital, we strive to restore the ancient and monumental space and free it from any obstruction – moreover, the project seeks an openness to be in dialogue with future installations,” says architect Francesco Doglioni, an expert in the field of restoration and a project’s team member.
“What we aimed for while enhancing the building’s ancient components is dynamic reconfigurability: reversible and adaptive to continuous transformation," he says.
"The restoration is left deliberately unfinished in some places – this leaves the building room to undergo further evolutions, provoking a constant tension between the old and the new.”