The area referred to as the Cappa Mazzoniana, situated inside the wing of the Rome Central Railroad Station (Termini), was designed in the Rationlistic style between 1924 and 1939 by the architect Angiolo Mazzoni and was originally intended to be a restaurant-snack bar. A restoration project was recently developed for the Convoglia restaurant which offers varied and diversified high quality food service.
Maurizio Rossi was asked to design the lighting for this space. As soon as he accepted the challenge he immediately noticed two problems. The enormous side windows of the space let in such vast quantities of daylight that artificial lighting of any given area would be completely obliterated. Moreover the fixtures mounted on the overhang along via Giolitti, which served to illuminate the façade of the building at night, also illuminated the arches and vaults inside the Cappa, creating an undesirable lighting effect. The third problem presented itself when the Italian Fine Arts and Architecture Commission forbid the installation of whatsoever lighting fixture except on the parts of the wall which were plastered. Given these restrictions Maurizio Rossi decided to use three different lighting approaches.

Area Lighting
This covers the entrance areas and the tables, along the two long sides of the restaurant, in the areas between the columns. The solution was to use ten meter long, low voltage stretched cables installed on the plaster walls between one column and another. The twin stretched cables are installed at a height of 3 meters and 14 mini-projectors with 50W-60° dichroic lamps were mounted equidistant one from the other. Since these fixtures are easily swivelled I decided to let the management have freedom to direct them wherever necessary depending on their requirements.

Functional Lighting
This covers the counters in the snack bar, wine bar, pizza and grill areas and consists mainly of adjustable downlights with low voltage 50 W 24°-38°-60° dichroic lamps placed either in the false ceilings or more generally in the furnishings specially designed for this project.

Accent Lighting
This involves the lighting of the actual monumental hood and the vaults and arches of the ceiling. To emphasize the monumental hood a system of twin stretched cables 10 meter long installed on the plaster walls between one column and another were used. Each pair of cables is installed at a height of 5 meters, exactly above the cables of the Area Lighting, and mounts 14 mini-projectors with 50W-38° dichroic lamps, all directed towards the hood. The vaults and arches are highlighted using strip fixtures mounting low voltage Xenon 8.5W, 20.000 hour life lamps installed on the ledge between the plaster wall and the brick of the vaults or arches.

Design team:

Maurizio Rossi Lighting Design

Project partners:

Deakinlock Garden Design (landscape design)