The Flavian Amphitheatre, more commonly known as the Colosseum, is about to change its face. The new design by Milan Ingegneria, the company that won the call for tenders issued by the Ministry, will be ready by 2023 and, in addition to featuring a new arena made of Accoya wood, has been conceived to protect and preserve the underground structures even better.
An ambitious project that will help the conservation and protection of archaeological structures by recovering the original image of the Colosseum and restoring its nature as a complex scenic machine.
An important intervention that will allow visitors to have the same view that until the end of the nineteenth century you could have of the monument. With the new arena, in fact, it will be possible to visit the underground and see the majesty of the Colosseum from the center.
The new arena will be installed on the original level but will not touch the ancient structures and if one day it is decided to remove it, it will be possible to restore the monument as it is today.
Technology and sustainability are the keywords of the project, some portions of the plan will be built with movable panels that, thanks to rotation and translation, will ensure flexibility and make it possible to open the underground structures for natural lighting.
As mentioned, the material chosen for the arena will be Accoya wood, obtained with a special process that increases its strength and durability: a sustainable choice that avoids the felling of valuable species.
The plan will protect the underlying structures from atmospheric agents, reducing the water load with a system of collection and recovery of rainwater that will feed the public toilets of the monument.
A new plan that will cover 3,000 square meters to breathe new life into one of the most iconic monuments in our history, which will set us back a few centuries.