Palazzo di Riflessione
Venice, Italy, 2014—2017
The refurbishment of the Piano Nobile of a 14th Century Palazzo on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. In addition to uncovering the many hidden frescos within the Palazzo and exposing its historic timber structure, the project also juxtaposes new architectural insertions against the Palazzo’s historic fabric. These insertions and their associated interior re-configuration aim to re-emphasise the spectacular views out of the Palazzo along the Grand Canal whilst at the same time improving the property to function as a family home.
Light and reflection are key experiences of Venice- in order to preserve the proportional and spatial characteristics of the space, mirror polished stainless steel dematerialises all new insertions such as kitchens, bathrooms and storage. Interiors of Calacatta marble work with the frescos to form a dialogue about time. The Palazzo has been evolving for more than six centuries, and continues to provide a unique stimulus in its new guise.