In January 2019 the project has obtained the authorization from the Superintendency of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the Municipality of Venice and Laguna.
For the first time in 500 years, a large part of the "Procuratie Vecchie" will be made accessible to the public. The historic building will host the activities of The Human Safety Net, the initiative set up by GENERALI to support the most vulnerable communities in those countries where the Group is present.
The Chairman of GENERALI, Gabriele GALATERI di GENOLA, and the GCEO, Philippe DONNET, explained:
"The restoration and renovation of the "Procuratie Vecchie" will bring back to its original splendor one of the most beautiful places in Venice, known throughout the world. A place closely linked to the history of GENERALI, which shares the St Mark's Lion as a symbol, and which for the first time in 500 years will be open to the public through our The Human Safety Net initiative. The Project we are announcing today is part of the broader vision for the restoration of the entire Marciana area which we have promoted with pride and passion, and will foster new development opportunities for the city. Special thanks go to all the authorities with whom we have had discussions in recent months, in particular the Superintendency and the Municipality of Venice, for having supported the launch of this project."
The project is not defined by a single concept or architectural gesture, but through a series of interventions that address the complexity of the work. These include the restoration of the first and second floors, the reorganization of accessibility and usability of the building through the inclusion of new staircases, the renewed central entrance on the third floor with access to the raised courtyards.
The intervention promoted by GENERALI will also enhance the third floor to include exhibition spaces open to the public and linked to The Human Safety Net Foundation, work spaces and an auditorium.
The "Procuratie Vecchie", which develop along the entire north side of Piazza San Marco, were designed by the architect Bartolomeo Bon and later by Jacopo Sansovino in the first half of the Sixteenth century, under the renovatio urbis program achieved by the Doge Andrea Gritti.
The project by David Chipperfield Architects Milan will not only facilitate the influx of the public thanks to an enhancement of the internal circulation, but will all also restore integrity to the structure throughout the restoration of the architectural work as a whole as well as particular elements that have deteriorated or been compromised. The project will reunify the interior spaces of the "Procuratie Vecchie" and introduce clarity into the building.
The restoration work will recuperate original venetian materials and traditional workmanship involving specialist companies and local artisans throughout. The floors, for example, will be in venetian terrazzo and pastellone.