Venice’s ancient government complex, the Procuratie Vecchie in St Mark’s Square, is open to the public for the first time in 500 years. The iconic building stretches from the Torre dell’Orologio to the Museo Correr. Its owner, insurance giant Generali, financed the restoration of the 12,400 square metre three-storey complex.
The project, led by English architect David Chipperfield, took five years to complete. The building is now home to the Human Safety Net Foundation, which is dedicated to inclusion, innovation and sustainability.
As well as housing offices and workspaces for Generali and The Human Safety Net – the company’s global social initiative – the building will also host exhibitions and events, with the space opening to the public for the first time in its history. Through this new programme, the project seeks to reintegrate Procuratie Vecchia into the city, promoting Venice as a vibrant place of activity, innovation and social purpose.