Architecture – Commissioned by the Doge of the Republic of Venice, the Procuratie Vecchie palace was developed along the entire North side of St. Mark square, in the first half of the Sixteenth Century, by architects Mauro Codussi, Bartolomeo Bon and Jacopo Sansovino. Insurance company Generali Group commissioned David Chipperfield Architects Milan to develop a project bringing the historical building to the present.
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The Interventions include the restoration of the first and second floors hosting Generali Group’s most prestigious offices and the reorganisation of accessibility and usability through the inclusion of new vertical circulation.
The biggest renovation can be seen on the third floor, with public access to the exhibition spaces as well as workspaces, event spaces and an auditorium linked to The Human Safety Net. This initiative seeks to help disadvantaged people across the globe. Defined by its ordered arches and loggias, the 16th-century building’s facade has remained untouched.
“Interventions looked to ancient, local and traditional construction techniques and used artisanal craftsmanship for the flooring, walling and ceiling.” Explain at David Chipperfield Milan.
Indeed, the studio used pastellone and terrazzo, marmorino and scialbatura, but also cocciopesto and cotto, seeking “not to impose but rather to inherit, in order to complete into a single whole and reclaim the integrity of what has been present for hundreds of years in probably the most representative place in Venice.”
Generali Group chose Milan-based studio Migliore+Servetto to design the new headquarters of The Human Safety Net. The 3000 sqm project includes the Interior, exhibition, graphic and multimedia design of the third floor and the reception spaces on the ground floor, with artistic direction by Davide Rampello. Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi created an ethereal column made in wire mesh that dialogues with the surrounding architecture.
All photos by Richard Davies, Alessandra Chemollo and Alberto Parise, courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects Milan.