National Gallery Rome

The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome houses in 75 rooms around 5,000 paintings and sculptures, amongst others the largest collection of the works of Italian painters of the 19th and 20th centuries.
During its conversion, one of the inner courtyards was to be used as an event location in order to procure the required sponsoring funds. For this purpose the courtyard had to be covered without stealing light from the otherwise windowless room.
Over the area of 350 sq.m the team from System 180 initially spanned a fine supporting structure of stainless steel tubes that also evened out the height differences of the bearing building elements. The cover of transparent PVC film provided the desired protection from the elements without decreasing illumination. Attractive additional effect: the shadows of the supporting structure provided a permanently changing pattern of lines and surfaces on the bordering courtyard walls depending on the time of day.

Project details
Client/owner:Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rom
Artistic concept:Logical Space, Jean Baptiste Trystram
Statics:Studio Inegneria Civile Ing. Chiaretti Antonio, Rome
System 180:Development, Implementation, Production, Assembly
Town:National Gallery for Modern Art, Rome

Design and planning


»Lightness and stability in harmony with the regulations of the historic monument protection authority. With System 180 we successfully conquered this challenge.«

Claus Orso
CEO; System 180 – Italia Srl