The San Martino Museum, Gastronomic Academy. C.F. Møller. Photo: C.F. Møller

The San Martino Museum, Gastronomic Academy

The San Martino museum in Naples is housed in a 700-year-old monastery which today provides a backdrop to the history of Naples, and offers a magnificent view across the city, the Mediterranean, and the volcano Vesuvius.
 The San Martino Museum, Gastronomic Academy. C.F. Møller. Photo: C.F. Møller
Facts

Client

Ministero per i Beni Culturali (Ministry of Culture, Italy)

Address

Naples, Italy

Size

2000 m²

Year

2005-

Competition

1st prize in international competition. 2005

Engineering

Esbensen Rådgivende Ingeniører A/S

Architect

C.F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Lucia di Noto, Rome

Awards
Awards
  • 1st prize in international competition. 2005
  • Unesco site - The World Heritage List

The lowest floor, with its original medieval walls and arches, had been vacant for some years, for which reason the Italian Ministry of Culture held an international competition for plans to renovate and refurbish the premises.

C.F. Møller Architects won the competition with an idea for a Gastronomic Academy, with a cooking school as its linchpin, which focuses on food as a cultural phenomenon in the Naples region.

In architectural terms, the project simplifies the formerly labyrinthine structure of the rooms in a gentle and discreet fashion which respects the original monastery from 1325. The special atmosphere of the premises is preserved through minimalist intervention and Scandinavian simplicity in interior design.

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