“Lighting the Gonzaga Walk (2000)” was a project conceived by Tea and by the Municipality of Mantua, aimed at “using lighting to reconstruct a route to cross the city and enhance the areas and buildings of major historic and cultural importance, using fixtures and solutions harmoniously integrated into the urban context”. The resulting “Gonzaga Walk” covers 2,200m from Palazzo Ducale to Palazzo Te. The walk follows the canal from the upper Lake to Porta Catena. On the San Giorgio bridge, which is the entrance to the city, traditional pole-based lighting has been replaced by a custom-made system of column fixtures 110cm tall, which free the perspective view of San Giorgio Castle and Cavallerizza. The walking paths along the canal are free from vertical impediments thanks to the use of cylindrical, ground-level fixtures with LED light bulbs. Buildings and churches have been lit by means of projector lamps, distant and hidden from sight, which provide diffused light, beam composition, and luminance values in harmony with the city. Metal halide light bulbs standardize the color temperature of the light and ensure a homogeneous perception of the spaces.
The Gonzaga's Route
General lighting of the historic city center: lakeside, S. Giorgio’s Bridge & Castle, Cavallerizza, Palazzo Te, Piazza delle Erbe, Duomo, Piazza Sordello
w/ Arch. P.L. Cerri, A. Colombo, C. Bertelli, P. Carpeggiani, Tea