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HOK scoops Italian convent revamp

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HOK has been appointed to transform the disused Val di Noto Jesuit convent and church in Ragusa, Sicily into a museum

Situated within the ‘Val di Noto’ UNESCO World Heritage site, the 5,000m² partly ruined site is to become the region’s new archaeological museum.

The building will host artefacts ranging from the Neolithic era up until late antiquity with ‘important finds’ from Kamarina in ancient Greece.

Mark Cannata, head of culture and heritage at HOK London said: ‘Ragusa and the surrounding towns that form part of the World Heritage Site, have a long and impressive history.

‘To not only have the opportunity to renovate two of its most beautiful and historic buildings, but to create a permanent home for the archaeological museum, the collective link to this common past, is a unique opportunity.’

HOK London will work alongside exhibition designer Event, and Eupro, a local multi-disciplinary engineering partner on the project which is expected to complete in 2013.

The convent was first built in 1639 but was reconstructed in 1700 after an earthquake and has been abandoned since the nineteenth century.

The convent and church of Santa Maria del Gesu in Ragusa, Sicily

The convent and church of Santa Maria del Gesu in Ragusa, Sicily

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