Architecture, David Chipperfield, Historic buildings, Piazza San Marco, Procuratie Vecchie, Restoration, Venice

David Chipperfield’s restoration will see palace on Piazza San Marco open to the public after 500 years

British architect David Chipperfield is set to restore the Procuratie Vecchie on Venice’s historic Piazza San Marco, which hasn’t been open to the public since the past 500 years.

Imagery courtesy of David Chipperfield and the Human Safety Net

The major restoration works will be completed by 2020, and will be open to the public for the first time in five centuries – the building had been used by politicians and royalty – and will host various art exhibitions and seminars.

The building will also be home to the Human Safety Net, a non-profit organisation funded by the building owners, insurance company Generali Group. The organisation backs initiatives dealing with issues such as the refugee crisis and children in poverty.

“I am delighted to be working on this architecturally and socially coherent project, which will convey and connect ideas and people around the world,” said David Chipperfield.

“Working closely with Generali, we have a vision to transform the Procuratie Vecchie into a more active and engaged space, which embodies the global mission of The Human Safety Net, while retaining the dignified beauty and history of the buildings.”

The restoration will include opening a hidden passageway between Piazza San Marco and the Royal Gardens.

“By opening the Procuratie Vecchie to the public for the first time in nearly five centuries, we are creating new and vibrant spaces where people can meet to discuss some of today’s most pressing social and global issues,” said Philippe Donnet, CEO of Generali Group.

“David Chipperfield Architects was a natural choice due to his love of Venice and shared vision for an architecturally and socially coherent restoration,” he added.

Last year, Chipperfield had also unveiled his design for a museum located in Agra, India which is currently under construction next to the world renown Taj Mahal.