Arkpabi Completes Stunning Renovation of the Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy

Instruments from the 16th and 17th centuries are displayed in a gallery that bridges the two wings of the Arkpabi-designed Fondazione Antonio Stradivari Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Spandex stretches over the polycarbonate diffuser of the custom pendant fixture illuminating the café’s waxed steel bar. Photography by Roland Halbe.

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Floorboards in the auditorium are engineered oak. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Steam-bent maple veneer clads the listening room, where audiovisual projections allow 40 visitors to experience historical performances. Photography by Roland Halbe.

The Friends of the Stradivari donors’ room sits in the middle of a swath of frosted-glass flooring. Photography by Roland Halbe.

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A former gym was excavated 13 feet to make space for the auditorium, which accommodates 464 listeners in custom maple seats. Photography by Roland Halbe.

The lowest of three auditorium entry points showcases the underside of the balconies, their maple veneer concealing concrete poured around a framework of laser-cut steel fins. Photography by Roland Halbe.

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Auditorium sidewalls are paneled in perforated maple. Photography by Roland Halbe.

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Acoustical drapery backs the custom windows. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Recessed LEDs wash the bridge gallery’s velvet wall covering. Photography by Roland Halbe.

In a gallery dedicated to the 16th century, monitors show maestros and their creations, while a map of Cremona is printed on film adhered to a glass tabletop. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Original oak doors, dating to 1946, open to an exhibition of contemporary instruments. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Arkpabi's sketch of the auditorium entrance. Image courtesy of Arkpabi.

Arkpabi's sketch of the seating platform. Image courtesy of Arkpabi.

Arkpabi's sketch of the auditorium. Image courtesy of Arkpabi.

Arkpabi's sketch of the seating platform. Image courtesy of Arkpabi.

Arkpabi's sketch of the auditorium. Image courtesy of Arkpabi.

Arkpabi's sketch of interior balconies. Image courtesy of Arkpabi.

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