Piazza San Giustino

LocationChieti, Italy
Projectarch. Ivonne Elia, arch. Lucia Moretti, arch. Gianfranco Scatigna, arch. Maria Cicchitti
Light planningarch. Michele Proto
PhotoSimone Tommasini

Piazza San Giustino is the beating heart of Chieti, bordered by the cathedral of the same name, centre of the city’s spiritual and religious life, and by a series of imposing palazzos: the Palazzo Comunale (the town hall), the Palazzo di Giustizia (the law courts), the Palazzo Mezzanotte and the Palazzo Sirolli. The square has recently been redeveloped through work on the paving and lighting.

The lighting design for the square and the surrounding buildings uses Tago linear profiles recessed flush with the paving for the perimeter facades. This solution revitalises the urban space in every corner of the square, enhancing its stone materials and architectural details.

For the colonnades surrounding the square, Tago versions 1.1 and 1.3 were chosen with 20°x49° elliptical optics, tiltable +/-20° and fitted with anti-glare shields built into the fixture – this solution diffuses the light output over the vertical surfaces of the columns and arches, accentuating the architectural details and increasing visual comfort across the entire area.

The same Tago 1.3, but with wall-grazing optics, was selected to light the stone walls of the cathedral and bell tower. Its grazing light brings out the textures of the mediaeval walls and the porosity of the plinth and tapered stairways, bringing new vitality and liveability to Piazza San Giustino’s ample space.

A Quilatero 2.4 outdoor recessed fixture, with 12° optics, illuminates the statue in front of the bell tower. Its very narrow beam is ideal for enhancing the length of the bronze sculpture of St Justine created by Luciano Primavera in 2005. The fixture has a built-in anti-glare screen to ensure excellent visual comfort.

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