New light for the Italian Air Force Building in Rome
Griven lights up the headquarters of the Italian Air Force in cooperation with ENEL X, an Enel Group company that provides innovative products and services focused on energy transformation in domestic, urban, and industrial applications with an eye to sustainable development.
After its official establishment in 1923 on behalf of the Air Marshal Italo Balbo, the Regia Aeronautica required dedicated headquarters, whose construction was entrusted to the young architect Roberto Marino. Officially inaugurated on October 28, 1931 the seat of the Royal Air Force was completed in two years and it is considered the first building in Italy completely made of reinforced contrete, otherwise usually reserved only to large-scale constructions.
Waiting for the 100th anniversary of the Air Force, the Ministry of Defense has required a new architectural lighting system that could enlighten the building in the deserved way till the official 2023 celebrations and afterwards. In the past, the Air Force Building had been provided only with temporary installations aimed at highlighting the eagle that stands out on its roof. Also featured on the coat of arms of the Air Force, the eagle of Palazzo Aeronautica majestically unfolds its wings, which gradually merge with those of an airplane in a visual representation of the ultimate essence of the building.
Until the official celebrations that will take place on March 28, 2023, for a whole year a new lighting system will enhance the façade of the building with diversified themed scenarios according to national anniversaries or specific events. In charge of the project and of its implementation, ENEL X has approached the lighting concept in a very professional way, adapting it to this special location, with particular attention to design, background, and general conditions.
Air Force Building, Rome
Enel X Architectural Lighting Team