Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Richard Davies

PROCURATIE VECCHIE RESTORATION

David Chipperfield Architects

LOCATION
Venezia, Italy

CATEGORY
Municipal Building, Institutional Buildings, Restoration

AREA
11890 m²

YEAR
2022

PHOTOGRAPHS
Richard Davies, Alessandra Chemollo, Alberto Parise

LEAD ARCHITECTS
David Chipperfield Architects Milan

QUANTITY SURVEYOR
gad

PROJECT MANAGMENT
TA Architettura

MAIN CONTRACTOR
Sacaim

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Arup

PARTNERS IN CHARGE
David Chipperfield, Giuseppe Zampieri

ACOUSTICS CONSULTANT
Manens Tifs

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Cristiano Billia

SERVICES ENGINEERING
Arup

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 Virgili

ASSOCIATES
Adolfo Berardozzi, Andrea Cocco, Carlo Zucchia

PROJECT COORDINATION
Artelia

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

FIRE CONSULTANT
Studio Mistretta

LIGHTING CONSULTANT
Viabizzuno

Saint Mark’s Square, besides being one of the world’s most recognisable squares, is an extraordinary and explicit demonstration of ordered public space defined on three of its four sides by the Procuratie Vecchie, the Procuratie Nuove and Procuratie Nuovissime.

Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alberto Parise
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alberto Parise

The Procuratie Vecchie was developed along the entire North side of the square, in the first half of the Sixteenth Century, under the renovatio urbis programme of the Doge of the Republic of Venice, Andrea Gritti and involved three architects, Mauro Codussi.

And Bartolomeo Bon and Jacopo Sansovino, establishing the modern ancient language adopted by the subsequent developments of the other Procuratie of the other Procuratie on the other West and South sides of the square.

Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alessandra Chemollo
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alessandra Chemollo
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alessandra Chemollo
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alessandra Chemollo
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alessandra Chemollo
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alessandra Chemollo
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alessandra Chemollo

Generali, which just began its life in the Procuratie Vecchie and which it has acquired almost entirely over the years.

Has set as its goal to bring the Procuratie Vecchie into a more engaged relationship with the city of Venice,through the activities of The Human Safety Net.

Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alberto Parise
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alberto Parise
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alberto Parise
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alberto Parise

Generali’s foundation situated on the third attic floor, a large part of the Procuratie Vecchie made accessible to the public for the first time in half century.

David Chipperfield Architects Milan developed an idea for project which is not defined by a single architectural gesture.

Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alessandra Chemollo
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alessandra Chemollo

But rather by a series of Interventions that address the complexity of the work through a flexible approach in order to interpret and make sense of both historical modifications and practical adaptations of the Procuratie Vecchie.

The Interventions include the Restoration of the first and second floors, where the most prestigious Offices of the Generali insurance company are situated.

Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alberto Parise
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alberto Parise

The Reorganisation of accessibility and usability through the inclusion of new vertical circulation, and the Renovation of 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.

Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alberto Parise
Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alberto Parise

The Interventions looked to ancient, local and traditional construction techniques and made use of artisanal craftsmanship for the flooring, walling and ceiling, using 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.

Procuratie Vecchie Restoration
© Alberto Parise


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Historical elevations

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South elevation


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Section

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Site plan


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First floor plan
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Roof plan
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Ground floor plan
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Third floor plan
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Fourth floor plan
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Second floor plan

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