Fondaco dei Tedeschi

Renaissance Elegance: The Restoration of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice

The Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice, a historic palace overlooking the Grand Canal with stunning views of the Rialto Bridge, has embarked on a new and prestigious chapter thanks to restoration work by Dutch Architect-Urbanist Rem Koolhaas and interior design overseen by English Architect Jamie Fobert. In the luxurious commercial spaces of the Beauty section on the third floor, the precious Margraf marbles play a pivotal role.

Dating back to the 13th century, the building has always played a central role in Venice’s cultural and commercial life. The palace, once a landing point for goods from German markets, suffered a devastating fire in 1505 and was rebuilt by 1508. Adorned with frescoes by Giorgione and Tiziano, now fragments housed in the Cà d’Oro, the Fondaco has become a symbol of the lagoon. More recently, it served as the headquarters of Poste Italiane and is now managed by DFS, a global leader in high-end product sales.

Following the restoration of London’s Burlington Arcade, Jamie Fobert utilized 700 square meters of Margraf’s Bianco Laser marble for the Fondaco. This glossy-finished marble, tailored to fit, covers the entire Beauty area’s third-floor flooring. Additionally, the basements and pillars in Fior di Pesco Carnico® enhance the space, complementing the adjacent glass elements.

The restoration of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi exemplifies how historical architecture can be revitalized through the use of premium materials and contemporary design. With our natural stones and the involvement of talented architects, the Fondaco remains a symbol of quality and luxury, celebrating both Venice’s rich history and modern design trends.

Technical informations

  • Location: Venice, Italia

  • Customer: DFS Italia

  • Project: Jamie Fobert Architects

  • Quantity: 700 sqm of Bianco Laser marble and 200 sqm of Fior di Pesco Carnico® marble


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