VATICAN CITY: An innovative air conditioning solution from Carrier helps ensure optimal ventilation and comfort in the historic Raphael Rooms in the Vatican.
Adorned with frescoes painted between 1508 and 1524 by Renaissance artist Raphael, the Raphael Rooms are universally known as one of the greatest works of art ever created.
A redesign of the system was needed to meet the unique needs of the historic space, when summer temperatures in Rome can rise to 104 ° F / 40 ° C.
Carrier engineers developed and installed a custom solution using a new system design that provides heating and cooling in a quarter of the traditional footprint, all without altering existing historic infrastructure.
The right solution for the space had to be installed without impacting any of the historic elements in the rooms, but would still work to provide proper ventilation and maintain comfortable temperatures.
The Vatican Museums have turned again to Carrier, who in 2014 installed an innovative HVAC system to help protect the 16th-century frescoes by Michelangelo from deterioration of the Sistine Chapel.
In the Raphael rooms, Carrier engineers have specially designed small but high capacity fan coils to circulate the air. These were installed under the windows, remaining invisible to visitors.
Carrier AquaSnap 30RQV energy efficient chillers have also been installed in a location invisible to visitors, and an iVu building automation system is now in place to help optimize HVAC systems.
“The space available for equipment inside the Raphael rooms was very limited. We had to design a small 2.5 kW fan coil unit with a capacity of 10 kW, a powerful piece of equipment, ”said Michel Grabon, director of Carrier AdvanTEC / Building Solutions Group Europe. “This solution is unique because this type of product did not exist. We had to imagine and develop a product that would adapt to this function in a small space.
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