Paper mill of memory

Location: Grotte di Oliero (Valstagna_VI)
Designer: ing. arch. Henry Zilio – arch. Stefano De Vecchi
Project: Renovation of the Museum
Client: Local Council
Project management: ing. arch. Henry Zilio
Assistant: arch. Michele Baggio
Building firm: Edil Ramon srl
Time of construction: 2010
An itinerary through the types of paper that have been produced over the years and illustrations of the cultural and social revolution that industrial paper production led to.

To enhance further the historic heritage of the people from Canal di Brenta, where the Valstagna Council has been investing for quite some time now, the project has now been added to restore the museum area of Grotte di Oliero, to tell the history and pay witness to the town’s industry under Venetian domain.
The Paper and Ancient Industry Museum of Canal di Brenta occupies part of the former Parolini Paper Mill, which is of great historic value, and documents the early industrial activities throughout the valley.
The museum is in the ground floor of the paper mill testifying the ancient activities; the paper mill was followed by tens of different factories which gave fame and importance to the valley industry, making it one of the most important early industrial sites for the Republic of Venice.
The Museum illustrates the paper production techniques, and has an exhibition of the tools that were used, an itinerary through the types of paper that have been produced over the years and illustrations of the cultural and social revolution that industrial paper production led to.
The project was designed to conserve the previous features of the building, which have been restored and integrated with clearly modern features.
Corten steel was widely used throughout for the external cladding and the adjoining infrastructures, and, by using different materials from the original ones, concrete and steel for the frames, an industrial type finish has been achieved that is consistent with the setting, and with the plastered walls and visible plant grid it has also been adapted to the typical needs of a museum installation.

Chiara Centineo
Acciaio Arte Architettura 52