The MAVI building, a nineteenth-century construction formerly used as a district jail and magistrate's court, was renovated after the local earthquake of 1980, which severely damaged it, and again in the 2000s. Many of its original traces have been destroyed or concealed by previous works. Some characteristic elements of the original layout remain, enhanced by the recent work on the museum's adaptation and layout financed by the Lacedonia municipality and designed by +tstudio.
The project focused on improving the accessibility and user safety of the building, creating and reorganizing exhibition spaces, improving thermal comfort and energy performance, and on the technological innovation. The main access to the museum is facilitated by a system of iron ramps and stairs, while the side access makes autonomous a courtyard designed for outdoor projections and performances. The interior spaces are distributed over three floors, connected by the new iron staircase, and consist of: a multimedia conference room, library, archive, and services on the first level; exhibition rooms, offices, laboratories, and darkroom on the second and third levels.
The interior design project, which complements the building works designed and built by +tstudio, proposes a dynamic interpretation of space use with the introduction of reversible elements, strongly characterized by the use of a mono-material - the birch - foreign to the historical context. This choice emphasizes the spaces in a dialectical relationship between forms and materials and clearly configures the new cultural services, restoring a chromatic balance to the spaces. The new "devices" are configured to create objects of use, containers, coverings, exhibition surfaces and photographic frames. The lighting system relies on LEDs integrated into the plasterboard, which also contains the support systems for the photo frames, and on adjustable wooden cylinders also powered by LED technology.
All wood and iron works were executed by local artisans. The introduction of "customized design" within public works allows the involvement of local knowledge, strengthening the local community's sense of identity and ownership of the project, which is essential to ensure its care, while at the same time contributing to the empowerment of local businesses.