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The Museum of the Roman Theatre is situated on the main touristic path leading to the Sao Jorge Castle in Alfama, an area with a great medieval character within the historical centre of Lisbon. Built on top of three archeological sites containing the ancient ruins of a roman theatre, the proposed museum is creating the connection between them both in the underground and overground in order to create a fluent itinerary for the visitors. Besides the archeological zone exhibitions dedicated to the history of the Roman Theatre, the translucent body of the Museum suspended over the ruins is hosting the Centre of Dramatic Arts, an interactive space dedicated to the history of drama and to the performing act as well, including various unconventional performing spaces and studios.
The main lighting concept of the Roman Theatre Museum emerges from the concept of the building itself, the one of a translucent ‘immaterial’ object contrasting with the existing historical environment. Accordingly, in the interior the light is produced by similar translucent and emissive architectural elements such as slabs, columns or stairs. In the archeological area, the missing parts of the ancient theatre such as the columns, the podium and the scene are also rebuilt as light emissive elements. These elements create an interesting dialogue between old and new, between the present and the past or the present and the future, born from the formal contrast suggesting the antithesis between the material( the ruins) and the immaterial ( the light emitting rebuilt parts).