Scuola Grande della Misericordia
Venezia, Italia
Alberto Torsello
Alessandra Chemollo
C.B.S. srl
burnished brass
The peripheral location of the Scuola Grande della Misericordia and its huge dimensions make it a unique example of Venetian architecture although it does actually have – with the two wings above that are linked by the monumental staircase – the typical characteristics that are similar to the other Scuole Grandi; exposed on three sides and visible from a distance, it was already unusual and out of scale in the sixteenth century, when it was constructed to a design by Jacopo Sansovino. The bold ambitions of the clients and their architect accentuated the ceremonial importance of the scenography, which foresaw the two entrances from the water and land, the broad staircase and natural light to great effect for the brothers’ solemn processions. Today, light flows into the evocative rooms of the newly-restored Scuola Grande through the same large windows, which have been restyled with slim 0S2 75 profiles in burnished brass. In the refurbishment of this extraordinary building, one that has housed the most diverse activities over the years, after having restored the structure, suitable equipment was installed to guarantee a flexible, and multifunctional use of the rooms.