The DCI building is located on the banks of the river Tiber in Rome and was originally designed by famed Italian architect Mario De Renzi in 1935. The 9-story building, totaling 5,600 sq. meters, includes offices, a reception hall, meeting rooms, executive offices, dining halls and a hall which is used to showcase works of art. When the building underwent extensive restoration in 1999, lighting was deemed to be one of the most crucial elements of the project. With its riverside location, ensuring the building was as impressive on the outside as it is on the inside was an important aspect to be taken into consideration for the design team, as was the fact that three of the buildings nine floors are below ground level.
As Cannata says, “The location and history of this prestigious building, as well as the importance of events to be held at the Diners Club, made it paramount to have a flexible lighting system which would primarily enhance the architectural importance of the building, but also function reliably, whatever the demands of the lighting design. The Diners Club is one of Rome’s many famous modern landmarks, and the lighting design project was to provide a challenge in the sense that retaining the building's unique identity was a prerequisite.”
Studio Cannata & Partners designed the lighting project for the whole building, including the impressive interior of the ground floor reception hall.