IRON – BRASS
VENICE – ITALY
The Fondaco dei Tedeschi will rediscovered its original destination with its 7.900 square meters of commercial space: it became the first DFS department store in Europe, the travel retail division of the luxury global giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. The supply contract included the construction of both railings and coverage of the structure of the internal stairs, and of the railings of the panoramic terrace of the roof. All designed by Rem Koolhaas architect and on an executive project by the studio C+S Architects, Carlo Cappai, Maria Alessandra Segantini.
The burnishing required by the customer is a galvanic process which consists of the oxidation treatment of the brass. This finish is particularly required for interior furnishings or furnishing details with a final result is very elegant. This type of technology can be applied to both copper and brass; the resulting product is unique, as there is the possibility to customize the treatment according to the required bronzing tone. The final step, the matt varnish, in addition to a protection from the atmospheric agents, is a customization of the finished product.
The intervention in question was part of the overall project for the restoration and functional recovery of the building, owned by the Benetton group, for which Rem Koolhaas’ OMA studio and the Italian construction company Sacaim were involved. From Saturday 1 October 2016, the date of the official opening, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi has regained its original destination with its 7,900 square metres of retail space, becoming the first department store in Europe branded Dfs, the travel retail division of the global luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
The palazzo, dating back to 1228, overlooking the Grand Canal and adjacent to the Rialto Bridge, was the centre of Venetian trade, then a customs house during the Napoleonic era and the headquarters of the Post Office in the 20th century. The project intends to go beyond the traditional concept of the department store in order to constitute a meeting place for the city and promote events open to the public in collaboration with the cultural institutions of Venice.