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Theatre del Te, Palazzo del Te, Isola del Te, Mantua: looking from the entrance lobby under the banked seating to show the preserved and illuminated original 15th century floor of the stable block

RIBA Ref No RIBA130423
Architect/DesignerPoltronieri, Adolfo
Artist/PhotographerCharles, Martin (1940-2012)
Subject Date1986
Image Date1986
Library ReferenceMC C 050786
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditMartin Charles / RIBA Collections
SubjectConversion of buildings ; Country houses ; Auditoria ; Floors
NOTES: This was a conversion of the stable block of the Palazzo del Te (1535 by Giulio Romano) by the architect Adolfo Poltronieri into a lecture theatre. Earlier, in 1984, the same architect had created an exhibitiion gallery in the attic above the vaulted ceilings of the main rooms of the Palazzo. The design of the lecture theatre was largely shaped by the desire to preserve and reveal what existed, in this case, the original brick and pebble floor. Hence the banked seating and stairs have been suspended from the walls above.

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