After a long restoration that lasted five years, the Procuratie Vecchie in Venice, one of the symbolic buildings of Piazza San Marco, enters the public for the first time. Built in the first half of the sixteenth century on the initiative of Doge Andrea Gritti, the complex takes its name from its original use: it was there, in fact, that the Procurators of San Marco, city officials, lived at the time – it was the most prestigious position after that of doge – who were responsible for the administration of the basilica, the execution of wills and the care of the poor and orphans.
An emblematic place, with a history spanning five hundred years, which is now the protagonist of the life of Venetians, and not only, thanks to a restoration project initiated by the Generali Group and signed by the architect David Chipperfield. “Repairing, reuniting and adapting the many layers of this historic structure has been a complex and rewarding challenge that reconnects us with the power of architecture both as a physical substance and as a collaborative process,” said the award-winning British designer.
Important recovery interventions that led to the restoration of the first and second floors, where the offices of the insurance company are located, to the reorganization of accessibility and – a fundamental element for Venetians and tourists – to the renovation of the third floor. There, in a space of about three thousand square meters designed by the Migliore + Servetto studio with the artistic direction of Davide Rampello, there is the new home of The Human Safety Net, of Generali which deals with empowerment and has two projects in support of refugees and vulnerable families with children, there is a coworking space for the teams of the foundation and partner NGOs and there is an area for cultural events. But there are also two spaces open to visitors: a café accessible to all with a library set up with texts in five languages and the exhibition A World of Potential curated by Orna Cohen of Dialogue Social Enterprise. It is an interactive exhibition, focused on personal awareness, which through a series of experiences helps the visitor to explore their own strengths and potential potentials.
Historic places, which have always been a symbol of the city, are now called to a new social mission, just as they were in the time of the Prosecutors, and finally become a place open to all, “to be experienced”.
For information on how to visit the exhibition and access the Procuratie Vecchie: thehumansafetynet.org.
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