In the heart of Venice beside the Rialto Bridge, we have redesigned and transformed the interior of the C16th Fondaco dei Tedeschi into a luxurious department store for global retailers DFS, in close collaboration with the soprintendenza of Venice (equivalent to Heritage England). Our work sits within the architectural restoration of this historic landmark which has been carried out by OMA.
This major new store, which is 9,000m sq over 5 floors, opened to the public in October 2016.
Our designs have responded to the beautiful light, patterns and materiality of Venice, using materials such as marble and bronze, to create an elegant and luxurious interior.
Part of the design challenge was to configure services in a listed building with an existing timber beamed ceiling. Since they couldn’t be hidden, instead the services became a design feature. Ducts and lighting tracks were configured to provide air handling and lighting to the retail spaces, as well as suggesting direction and flow in the space.