Venice | Fondaco dei Tedeschi
The supply included the realization of railings for the terrace with a panoramic view, for the openings on sliding scale shaft and for the inner stairs that have been adorned with particular coverings. A total of 20 tons of brass has been used for the production of the semifinished articles designed by Architect Rem Koolhaas and by Architect Carlo Cappai of C+S Architects studio. The used metal is both raw and with selective oxidation in 15 shades.
A part of the 260 total metres has been realized using vertical plain bars with variable sections and with special mechanical fixing system, through hidden pins, that spared the use of weldings assuring, meanwhile, the greatest structural strength. Inside the handrail of the inner stairs has been connected a led lighting system that is nowadays the best expression of architectural functionl character at energy conservation . For the side and lower coverings of the main staircase has been realized a steel structure that supports the sheets of brass. In order to assure the continuity of the metal covering for all the staircase different structures, each paneling has been one by one planed such the hidden fixing systems. To avoid the galvanic corrosion effect , the contact points between the steel structure and the brass panels have been suitably insulated.
The design of all the metal elements has been executed by the experts of Gonzato Contract, division of Ind.i.a. spa (Malo-Vicenza) dedicated to the big works while the production has been entrusted to the craftsmen of Arteferro, an other division of the company dedicated to the production of ornamental semifinished articles.
The addressed intervention, has been part of the whole functional restoration and reclamation project of the building, of ownership of the Benetton group, which has included also the contribution of the OMA study of Rem Koolhaas and the italian construction company Sacaim. Since Saturday 1st October 2016, the official opening date, the “Fondaco dei Tedeschi” has recovered its original nature with its 7.900 square meters of trade area, becoming the first department store in Europe branded Dfs, the travel retail division of the global colossus of luxury LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
The building, dating back to 1228, overlooking Canal Grande adjacent to Ponte di Rialto, had been the heart of the Venetian trade, subsequently it had become douane during the napoleonic era and site of the post office in the 1900s. The intention of the project is to go beyond the traditional concept of the department store, in order to build a meeting place for the city and to promote events open to the public in cooperation with the Venetian cultural istitutions.