The Colosseum, a popular tourist attraction in Rome, Italy, will receive a non-invasive modern redesign to add remote-controlled retractable floors to the arena. The new flooring project, developed by Labics, Fabio Fumagalli, and Milan Ingegneria, will make the arena walkable for tourists while allowing the floor to open to reveal the hypogeum–the complex underbelly of the arena that used to harbor lift systems and preparation chambers. In addition, the retractable floor will allow live performances to take place on the arena floor, further increasing the site's tourist traffic.
The retractable floor, which will be set on tracks over the Colosseum's existing foundations, will be made up of carbon-fiber slats with an Accoya wood finish. The light-colored finish is designed to increase the amount of natural light in the historical site. The retractable floor redesign will be finished by 2023.
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