First constructed in 1228, Fondaco dei Tedeschi is one of Venice’s largest and most recognizable buildings and it has recently been renewed by OMA to host a department store – unfortunately yes, a department store.

OMA, completed the restoration of the 9ooo sqm building commissioned by the Benetton family in 2009: each intervention is realized as an excavation through the existing mass, unveiling new perspectives. The project by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli – OMA’s partner – with Silvia Sandor, is composed of both architecture and programming; it opens the courtyard piazza to pedestrians, maintaining its historical role of covered urban ‘campo’. The new rooftop is a renovation of the existing 19th Century pavilion, standing over a new steel and glass floor which hovers above the central courtyard. An additional wooden terrace is placed over the top to give a spectacular view over the city. The rooftop and the courtyard will become public, accessible at all times. For more info visit OMA’s page!

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Images by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti

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