City: Venice, Italy
Overlooking the San Marco Basin, the head office of La Biennale di Venezia is an historical palace among the most representative of the Venetian late Gothic style. The palace, originally called “dei Giustinian”, was built around 1471 and is the result of the union of two different buildings: Giustinian and Badoer-Tiepolo. It has been the subject of important renovations between 2008 and 2009. The strategic position of the building on the San Marco Basin has certainly inspired, during the first half of the last century, the construction of the large panoramic terrace. A unique space, an amphitheater on the lagoon and the city with a disarmonious space spanned by the amplitude of sight and light. The purpose of the project was to make this singular place harmonious and enjoyable to welcome guests mainly during the inauguration of the events. An outdoor wooden slatting floor divides the space. The furniture, made with essential lines, is made of state-of-the-art materials and easy to maintain. A long pergola runs parallel to the wall of the built part of the terrace and looks out to the horizon. The plant presence is minimal, consisting of selected evergreen essences placed inside tanks and vases that define functional areas and paths. The chromatic notes range from white to cerulean seasonal inflorescences. The different shades of bright green foliage blend with the silvery one. Indirect lights differentiate the spaces without competing with the city’s nocturnal show while, hanging on iron curls rising from the balustrade, 24 boat lanterns reveal in the backlight the bells and chimneys in the skyline of the city.