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REAL ALBERGO DEI POVERI

REAL ALBERGO DEI POVERI
Naples, Italy
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BACKGROUND

Naples was a thriving city in the early 18th century, both larger and wealthier than Rome, but it also had a significant impoverished population. Carlo III, the Bourbon King of Naples and Sicily, conceived the idea of a Royal Almshouse, where the 8,000 destitute citizens could obtain shelter, nourishment, and work. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

With support from the European Union, work began on the 985-foot (300-meter) long façade and vast interiors of Real Albergo dei Poveri. Because the building had been designed to prevent contact between its different residents, finding a new use for the building without harming its original fabric seemed daunting. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Real Albergo dei Poveri was originally built outside Naples proper, but centuries of urban expansion have enveloped it, setting the complex in the heart of the modern city. Built from tufo and brick, the Albergo is the second largest public building in Europe, even after 40 percent of the initial design was dropped from the plan. (...)