David Chipperfield Architects Milan planned a complex architectural project for the Procuratie Vecchie in St. Mark’s Square in Venice. The project included the restoration of the building‘s first and second floors, which house the offices of the insurance company Generali, the reorganization of the building’s pathways by adding a new vertical connection, and the renovation of the third floor for living The human safety net.
Le Procuratienamed after the famous residents for whom the buildings were originally built, enclose the public space of Venice’s famous square on three sides. Le Procuratie Vecchie is on the north side next to the clock towerand should house the highest officials”prosecutors‘ who administered the city and looked after social affairs and were required by law to reside next to the Ducal Palace.
Construction of the building, with the loggias and arcades that give it its well-known public image, began in 1517 under Bartolomeo Bon and was completed in 1538 by Jacopo Sansovino as part of a 16th-century plan for the renewal of the city under the Doge Andrea Gritti of the Republic of Venice. The new building replaced an earlier 12th-century building which had been damaged by fire and demolished, and established the new ‘modern ancient’ language later adopted on the south and west sides of the square the Procuratie Nuove and the Procuratie Nuovissime.
Given the complexity of the building and its connection with its surroundings, David Chipperfield Architects Milan has developed a flexible approach that encompasses a series of actions rather than a single bold architectural gesture. Interpretation of the legacy of procurationThe architects understood and used ancient local building techniques to restore the integrity of the structures, to mediate with the new infrastructure needs and to restore the integrity of one of the most representative places in Venice. The restoration of architecture to adapt the building for public use in work The human safety net restores the building to its original social function as a place of service to the city and ideally continues the purpose for which it was built five hundred years ago.
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Photos of Alessandra Chemollo (10-16, 18, 19), Richard Davies (01), Alberto Parise (02-09, 17, 20)
Project name: Procuratie Vecchie
Location: Piazza San Marco, Venezia, Italy
Client: Generali Real Estate SpA, Milan, Italy
User: Assicurazioni Generali, The Human Safety Net
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects Milan, Italy https://davidchipperfield.com/
Partners: David Chipperfield, Giuseppe Zampieri
Deputy Director: Cristiano Billia
Contributors: Adolfo Berardozzi, Andrea Cocco, Carlo Zucchia
Project team: Simone Diego Alessi, Federica Amoruso, Thomas Benk, Corrado Bongiorno, Cecilia Bottoni, Niccolò Brussa, Teresa Cancellari, Marta Capacciola, Francesca Carino, Filippo Carcano, Francesca Carino, Carlo Federico Cattò, Fabiano Cocozza, Maria Elena Codazzi, Paolo Dell ‘ Elce, Stefano Goffi, Tsukasa Goto, Samuel Lodetti, Eugenio Matteazzi, Tommaso Meena, Daniel Mira García, Sofia Nobis, Brigid O’Donnell, Stefano Penazzi, Matthijs Sioen, Tiziana Staffieri, Davide Tassera, Federico Turelli, Wouter Verstraete, Maria Chiara Virgil
Competition team: Cosmin Amato, Pietro Bagnoli, Corrado Bongiorno, Cecilia Bottoni, Filippo Carcano, Carlo Federico Cattò, Tommaso Certo, Fabiano Cocozza, Maria Elena Codazzi, Federica Corrà, Paolo Dell’Elce, Tsukasa Goto, Nicola Guercilena, Seunggeun Jee, Chiara Lippi , Eugenio Matteazzi, Gabriele Pagani, Paolo Volpetti, Federica Zerbo
In collaboration with
David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin: Thomas Benk, Anke Fritzsch, Christopher Jonas
Zero4Uno Ingegneria srl, Venice, Italy: Romeo Scarpa
Franco Gazzarri Architetto, Mestre, Italy
Volume experts: GAD, Milan, Italy: Gianpiero Aresi, Luca Cedrelli, Francesco Minoia
Site management: TA Architettura, Mestre, Italy: Diego Boldo, Giulia Conti, Anna Lisa Girolami, Alberto Torsello
General Contractor: SACAIM, Marghera (Venice), Italy
Project coordination: Artelia, Milan, Italy: Giorgio Alberti, Giuseppe Baudille, Matteo Lavazza, Marco Paolacci, Massimo Vedovato
Structural engineer: Arup, Milan, Italy: Federico Bormetti, Luca Buzzoni, Guglielmo Carra, Giammichele Melis
Service technicians: Arup, Milan, Italy: Paolo Bianchi, Paolo Cresci
Acoustic consultants: Manens Tifs, Verona, Italy: Marco Trame, Roberto Zecchin
Fire Consultants: Studio Mistretta, Milan, Italy: Valentina Liggi, Silvestre Mistretta
Facade consultant: Arup, Milan, Italy: Konrad Runggaldier
Lighting consultants: Viabizzuno, Bentivoglio (Bologna), Italy: Giacomo Coppe, Francesco Finetti, Mario Nanni, Giulia Pulga