PALAZZO DELLE ESPOSIZIONI
Antonello Colonna's Open Restaurant, Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy, 2010
“This wonderful restaurant is positioned in, what was once, the roof top garden of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.
Filled with natural light, the large space above the diner’s head gives a great feeling of openness. But how to deliver an acoustic experience to match the menu? This was our challenge.
Glass and concrete are hard surfaces to work with and conventional speakers struggle to fill the void. Could I turn that space into the source of the sound?” Francesco’s solution was to fill the space with a multitude of speakers, carefully arranged and matching the décor.
Using his favourite multi-direction speaker, the Zemi, he built a Sound Cloud to float in the ether. 140 hand-made ceramic speakers, all finished in platinum were carefully placed to fill the void.
“Interacting with the warm Italian sunlight, they provide a glittering spectacle, impossible not to notice but never intruding. Each speaker is like an orchestral instrument, its sound radiates out reflecting and enriching the body of the music just like a single chorister embodies a full choir.
The sound then descends like a mist to bathe the audience. The volume control provides either the lightest of vapour through to a thunderous downpour.”