The Wooden Verandas
Several areas of the building required structural intervention, in particular those parts overhanging the river Leno. The project involved the conservation and rigorous restoration of the wood work (parapets, perforated panels, screens, window frames, covers), on the facade facing the Castle. Some of the wooden floorboards and beams were badly damaged and beyond repair. These were replaced.
Steel brackets, distributed between the original wood beams and on different levels, provide the static consolidation and form the overall support structure. The brackets are effectively hidden by the existing and distinctive wooden panelling. The striking facade over the river is made up of four floors with perforated protective wooden panels characteristic of the style particular to the Orient in the late 19th/ early 20th century. This significant piece of architecture was particularly important to conserve and restore.
This entire volume of wood and glass was disassembled and transported to the workshop. The individual components were numbered, cleaned, restored and treated before being put back together and reconnected to the building using steel brackets. These brackets were also incorporated within the structure and thus rendered invisible.