David Chipperfield Architects, built in the 16th century and shaping the iconic look of Piazza San Marco, was remodeled in the 16th century
April 15, 2022
Old Procurations or in Italian Procuratie Vecchie – part of the complex on the main square of Venice, San Marco. The building was built in the 16th century to replace an earlier building from the 12th century that had burned down in a fire. Once high-ranking city officials met here, and now the headquarters of the insurance company Generali occupies the majestic building. However, before opening to the general public, the Old Procurations were reconstructed by the famous David Chipperfield Architects (DCA).
“We worked on the project for four years, every day discovering more and more new pages in the history of this building,” says the head of the bureau, David Chipperfield. “We learned what materials and what construction technologies were used in the XVI century, and were amazed at the logic of the decisions of the architect Jacopo Sansovino.” 2022/04/953d237a9d3224566bff82eef2670644.jpg” width=”332″ height=”498″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-64ca9b5a=”1″ alt=”Venice's Old Procurations opened after restoration”/>
The architects tried to preserve the original details of architecture and interior as much as possible, but at the same time they did not disregard the needs of our time, so that the headquarters of the insurance company turned out to be comfortable and modern. To make the environment accessible and connect all spaces, new sculptural white staircases were designed, as well as a series of arched openings that connected previously isolated areas. .jpg” />
One of the key changes is the appearance of a public space on the third floor of the Old Procurations: it will be occupied by The Human Safety Net, a public initiative of Generali. Thus, for the first time in 500 years, an architectural monument will be available to the general public. Exhibitions, concerts and other events will be held here, for which the architects have provided a large assembly hall.
And, finally, the observation deck on the roof completes the reconstruction of the Old Procurations. There, the authors of the project deviated slightly from the main color palette of the building and used the “cocciopesto” technology in the decoration, covering the surfaces with small terracotta tiles. It turned out that it blends perfectly with the tiled roofs of nearby houses and the bell tower of St. Mark's Cathedral.