Close to the Rialto Bridge, there now stands a luxury department store with a very inviting roof terrace. T Fondaco dei Tedeschi occupies a building that has a long history and went through a number of functions, but is now beauty, luxury and shopping!
I could have done with a pair of stilts and a wider angle lens to get more of a view of the Grand Canal as it comes around the bend and sweeps beneath the Rialto Bridge.
Someone else had the same idea as me regarding stilts!!
The current building dates back to the early 1500s, but went through substantial renovation in the 18th century and again under Mussolini in the 1930s, when it was converted into a post office.
The Benetton family acquired the building in 2008 and appointed OMA,to produce an impressive redesign of this historic site. They opened up the building, providing a welcoming courtyard, surrounding by beautiful galleries and a dramatic steel and glass floor that hovers as ceiling to the courtyard and floor of the top floor exhibition space.
And I’ll leave you with another external view from the roof, with some company this time:
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 15 March 2017
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