Research, project, implementation. The case study of the former Riganti Tannery in Rome


  • Andrea Grimaldi ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome (Italy)
  • Valeria Sansoni 'Sapienza’ University of Rome (Italy)



reuse, museography, equipment, sustainability, interiors


While the recovery of monumental buildings is now customary, less obvious is the recovery of the built non-monumental heritage as a result of a historization of events and economic and social activities occurred over time. The subject of this contribution is the experience of research and design carried out on the former Riganti Tannery, a building complex annexed to Villa Poniatowski and part of the real estate heritage of the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia in Rome. Between conservation tout court and radical changes, this research proposes a third way: the addition of a new design ‘level’ as a device to link history with contemporaneity. The contribution also proposes an innovative strategy of collaboration between Institutions, in order to bring the project to the core of an effective process of cultural development.


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Author Biographies

Andrea Grimaldi, ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome (Italy)

PhD and Architect, He is Associate Professor on Interior and exhibit design at the Department of Architecture and Design. Deputy Coordinator of the PhD in Architecture Theory and Project. He carries out research in the field of reuse and museography and is one of the authors of the S. Giovanni Archaeological Station, Metro C line in Rome.

Valeria Sansoni, 'Sapienza’ University of Rome (Italy)

PhD and Architect, She is Temporary Research Associate at the Department of Architecture and Design. She carries out research mainly in the field of critical-operational intervention strategies on the existing, alongside academic activity with design experimentation.


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Night simulation of the outdoors, with the path delimited by the frames that runs parallel to the main façade of the Tannery, and that crosses the reflective pool to reach the ‘cordonata’ on the south side of the complex. The fountain, spectacular end of the route, can be the backdrop for video projections. AGATHÓN 09 | 2021




How to Cite

Grimaldi, A. and Sansoni, V. (2021) “Research, project, implementation. The case study of the former Riganti Tannery in Rome”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 9(online), pp. 124–133. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/9122021.



Architecture | Research & Experimentation