Procuratie Vecchie in S. Marco square

Project by David Chipperfield Architects

Procuratie Vecchie in St. Mark's Square

David Chipperfield Architects

The renovation of the historic Procuratie Vecchie building in St. Mark's Square in Venice was granted by the Municipality of Venice.
For the first time in 500 years, a large part of the building will be made accessible to the public. It will host the activities of The Human Safety Net, the charitable foundation of the Italian insurance company Generali.

The project is not defined by a single architectural concept or gesture, but by a series of interventions that address the complexity of the work. These include the restoration of the first and second floors, the reorganization of the building's accessibility and usability through the inclusion of new stairs and the renewed central entrance on the third floor with access to the raised courtyards. The third floor will include exhibition spaces open to the public and connected to The Human Safety Net, as well as workspaces and an auditorium.

David Chipperfield Architects Milan was selected by Generali to restore the 16th century building in 2017 after an international competition.

The restoration and refurbishment of the old procurements will bring back to its original splendor one of the most beautiful places in Venice, known all over the world, "adds the president of generals, Gabriele Galateri di Genola, and the GCEO, Donnet Philippe. 'A place strictly linked to the history of Generali, which shares the lion as a symbol of the brand, and which for the first time in 500 years will be open to the public through our initiative The Human Safety Net.

The intervention also includes the restoration of the adjacent royal gardens, or royal gardens, created by the Giardini di Venezia Foundation in collaboration with Generali. this part of the project aims to restore pedestrian connections to an important part of the area of Piazza San Marco, directly connected to the gardens by a historic drawbridge. The inauguration of the restored royal gardens is scheduled for autumn 2019.