THE HOUSE OF AUGUS TUS, ROME 132 DESIGN FILE
THE HOUSE OF AUGUSTUS
LINEA LIGHT GROUP
The House of Augustus and the House of Livia, his
third wife, are part of the imperial compound that
Augustus assembled on the Palatine Hill in Rome.
The houses have been reopened to mark the second
millennium of Augustus’s death. The decorative
elements in the houses are good examples of well-preserved, figurative Roman art. Experts say the
frescoes are among the most splendid surviving
examples of Roman wall paintings.
The whole area of the Augustan compound shows
a complex overlapping of archeological layers
belonging to the different building epochs, and the
experts from the Linea Light Group wondered if they
could facilitate the interpretation of this environment
Their aims were to revive, through electric lighting,
the original balance between light and shadow in
the different rooms. They observed that in patrician
Roman houses, sunlight penetrated the interior
rooms obliquely, shielded by the peristilio.
Light sources of differing colour
temperature and brightness
differentiate areas and help
visitors interpret the architecture
Another function of the lighting was to create a visual
hierarchy, through light distribution and variation
of chromatic perception, between the rooms of the
private home and those of the public house.
Finally, the designers sought to use chromatic
variation and lighting level control of the
electric light, not to create scenes, but to bring
the restoration project together by facilitating
its interpretation and contributing to the ‘visual
reconstruction’ of the monument.
In order to meet these goals, Linea designed an
lighting system, mainly built into the stretched
ceiling of the new roof. A series of grooves
accommodate groups of LED spots with various
beams geometries and different colour temperatures.
The luminaires all have remote DMX drivers and are
controlled from a touch panel.
The lighting scheme helps to explain the different
rooms with subtle variations of luminance and