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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
10/06/2016

OMA, renovation of Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice

 
OMA, the Rotterdam studio of Rem Koolhaas, has recently completed the restoration and redefinition of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice, an emblem beside the Rialto Bridge, dating back to 1228, which served as a center for German merchants, a customs house under Napoleon, and a post office during the Mussolini regime. The historical building, a property now of the Benetton group, has been turned into a shopping center with a cultural program. Addressing requests from various organizations, the original design, presented in 2010 by the Dutch architectural office, was modified here and there, ultimately resulting in a project where intervention on the building, protected by heritage laws since 1987, was reduced to the minimum.  Access to the center is improved by new entrances and public circulation is made more fluid through new escalators with wooden panels and red steps. Other interior spaces are clad with mirror surfaces and golden tones. The 19th-century pavilion, which covers the atrium, has been restored with a new floor of steel and glass as a venue for events. Added to the roof deck, a large wooden terrace, achieved by eliminating two panels of the original roof, gives visitors spectacular views of the Grand Canal.
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