The Procuratie Vecchie open to the public for the first time in 500 years


Procuratie Vecchie in Venice

They open to the public for the first time in 500 years Procuratie Vecchie from Venezia, the building that closes one side of Piazza San Marco, the one that goes from the Clock Tower to the Correr Museum. A building made by Sansovino starting from 1500 and bought, piece by piece, from Generali Group, starting from the end of the 1800s to make it its headquarters. But for some time these spaces had remained empty and needed a new project arrived in 2017 with the desire to revive one of the most iconic pieces of the city. A project for which Generali, after a competition of ideas, has chosen to entrust to the office in Milan by David Chipperfield Architects which for some time now has distinguished itself for being able to deal with historic buildings like this with a unique wisdom. The challenge was to make the offices current again, but also to imagine a space for public access that found its place in third floor. Here in the 3000 square meters available there are now a barfrom the reading roomsthe historian auditorium equipped with the latest technology, one exhibition space and, above all, a interactive path (designed by Migliore + Servetto Architects together with furnishings and infographics) to discover their strengths, from curiosity to concentration.

A way to tell the work of The Human Safety Net, the Generali Group foundation that deals with the integration of migrants into society and the cognitive growth of children up to the age of three and which has its new headquarters here. And the intention to bring this foundation that deals with social issues here is no coincidence: in fact, here lived the Prosecutors of Venice, public officials who dealt with the affairs of the city and even in its most unfortunate components such as orphans. This building which is presented on a colonnade of 50 arches 150 meters long, it housed the residences he offices of the prosecutors. A kind of horizontal skyscraper intended for the most active personalities in the public life of the city.


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