Armando Brasini’s project
A new architect takes over the work and solves the instability problems
Appointed artistic director of the Vittoriano in 1924, Armando Brasini (1879-1965), immediately turned his attention to the problems that afflicted the eastern part: in the meantime, these problems had worsened due to the need to protect an imposing Roman age wall that emerged during the excavation work at the Ara Coeli monastery.
Architect Armando Brasini
Veduta dell'area dei Fori imperiali durante i lavori di demolizione e costruzione, sullo sfondo il lato orientale del Vittoriano, detto Ala Brasini, e il convento dell'Aracoeli, anch'esso in fase di costruzione, in una fotografia del 23 settembre 1932
Brasini imposed a series of changes to the original project, developed only a few months earlier by Manfredi-Piacentini: the architect thus transformed the building designed to connect with the Vignola portico into the main entrance of the Risorgimento Museum and gave it its own monumental façade made of peperino and travertine. Moreover, thanks to a series of objectively ingenious solutions, Brasini solved the problem of ‘slippage’ that had plagued the eastern side of the Vittoriano.
Veduta del lato orientale (a sinistra) del Vittoriano, detto Ala Brasini, all'inizio degli anni Quaranta
View of the eastern side of the Vittoriano, called the Brasini Wing, with the portico of the Convent of Ara Coeli transformed into the large façade of the Central Museum of the Risorgimento