Built to house the paintings of the Renaissance artist Benozzo Gozzoli, this museum in Castelfiorentino southwest of Florence, is the work of architect Massimo Mariani.

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The Gozzoli Museum had a very simple brief, a space to house the artist’s large painted tabernacles, significant architectural elements that needed room to breathe. The new museum building replaced an existing 1960s structure in the heart of the town, and is surrounded by open space atop a new plinth that doubles as seating and a play area.
The tiled exterior references local churches, with hefty window reveals and strongly articulated forms with splashes of neon backlighting for a playful post-modern touch. Mariani wanted the small museum to evoke the feeling of an artist’s atelier, so that visitors could sense Gozzoli at work, five hundred years after his death.