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Tintoretto painted the coronation of the 87th dux of the Serenissima by the hands of Venice. The canvas, during which a rejuvenated Nicolò da Ponte, on the age of 86, receives a laurel wreath, may be seen right now within the Council Chamber of the Doge’s Palace. And it was painted on the finish of the Doge’s life. It was, strictly talking, the crowning of a lifetime of examine – philosophy in Padua and Medicine in Venice along with the Collegio del Savi – effort – to reconquer the fortune that his household misplaced in Constantinople – and audacity, to change into first a wealthy landowner and later in doge Thus, when, at 86 years outdated, he was elected to that place, a rumor unfold that he had gotten it due to his cash. In half one might make that studying. It was the Doge who paid for the regattas, the receptions for kings and sultans or the fireworks in Venice. However, in his case, there was one thing extra.

With the cash he earned as a service provider, and which might lead him to desert his different vocations, he constructed an impressive constructing, though not extraordinary: it didn’t face the Grand Canal. The Palazzo Da Ponte subsequent to San Maurizio, subsequent to the Campo Santo Stefano and really near the Accademia Bridge that crosses the Grand Canal, was constructed on the finish of the Renaissance and has that weight within the place.

There, Da Ponte hosted Doge Sebastiano Venier when the Doge’s Palace, the place courts, authorities and prisoners coexisted at the moment, suffered considered one of its three nice fires. Perhaps that favor opened the door to the Aristocracy for him, the very fact is that Nicolò Da Ponte ended his days turning into the 87th Doge of the Serenisima and his Palazzo Da Ponte turned a monument with historical past, and craftsmanship, in every of its 4 flooring.

Living room of the apartment occupied by the Doge in the 16th century.  Photography: Heroes.  Agency.
Living room of the house occupied by the Doge within the sixteenth century. Photography: Heroes. Agency.PHOTO: MARTIN MENDEZ © 2023 / w

That constructing, from the sixteenth century, is the one which the Turin architect residing in Spain, Teresa Sapey, has transformed into the Palazzo dei Fiori. Sapey needed to pay tribute to the few gardens – nearly all secret, nearly all non-public – of Venice and has named every of the 16 residences with the title of a flower, and with costs beginning at round 300 euros for a double room.

It is, one might nearly say, the one radical change to the property. As is the case all through Venice, the steadiness between what requires change, with the intention to operate, and what can’t be touched is precarious. And Sapey – who considers it the primary problem of this undertaking – has been capable of make the most of it by reusing marble columns, sharpening the terrazzo flooring, restoring the stucco and plaster work and opening views of town’s nice architectural landmarks, to alter radically the place with out razing it or erasing it.

In the Palazzo dei Fiori, managed by the Spanish lodge group Room Mate, the structure speaks of the sixteenth century – the bedrooms with alcoves – and the kitchens – designed by Sapey and his studio – of the consolation of the twenty first. The colours – a trademark of the Italian home – don’t splash the Palazzo, they illuminate it with tapestries, lamps and prints on the carpets that recreate the Venetian iconography of glass, tears and cherubs.

Bedroom in one of the 16 apartments.
Bedroom in one of many 16 residences.PHOTO: MARTIN MENDEZ © 2023 / w

One of Sapey’s successes is having recognized how one can replace this Venetian craftsmanship exactly as a result of that metropolis is without doubt one of the few European cities that preserves, and treasures, inventive crafts. The updating of the work of blacksmiths, glaziers and plasterers from the sixteenth century contrasts with the colour of the present Italian-Spanish furnishings that emerges within the place with out disturbing it, just like the flowers within the secret gardens. Thus, the wardrobes recreate pixelated views of Venice from De Pisces, however they’re imposed as a camouflage print.

With residences between 64 and 300 sq. meters, the Palazzo speaks respectfully, however with out servility, to town of the doges. The architect’s interventions are drastic, however they operate as islands, they don’t contact the structure, they’re accommodated in a distribution that recovers marble frames and wooden and wrought iron carpentry. The unique marbles, near the Gothic ones of the Doge’s Palace, distinction with the shine of the loos utterly lined with marble. The ingenious sport of ingenuity, to light up every room – with out closing some bedrooms, putting colourful kitchens in transit locations – coexists with humor – one other trademark of the Sapey home – within the flower-shaped faucets, the arabesques of the heads of the beds, the refuge of the bedrooms or the generally labyrinthine routes inside the largest residences.

The architect Teresa Sapey posing in one of the apartments of the Palazzo dei Fiori.
The architect Teresa Sapey posing in one of many residences of the Palazzo dei Fiori.Heroes. Agency

The renovation, and conversion naturally, of the Palazzo shouldn’t be introduced on the road. The firmness of the Renaissance constructing can’t be guessed from the road that bears the title of the Venetian who commissioned it. However, it’s introduced as quickly as you enter, with the celebration, and the luxurious of dedicating the biggest house on the bottom ground to finding a vivid, walkable and important set up – the work of Sapey herself and her daughter Francesca, additionally an architect and accomplice of the examine—which unites the ochers of the road with the blues of the door that overlooks the canal. This passage-installation (recycled from a piece that Sapey signed for Formica on the Madrid Design Festival) additionally results in the 2 stairs and the elevators that facilitate vertical communication between the flooring. The primary one leads on to the Doge’s rooms – flanked by the 2 devoted to his two lovers -. The most discreet steps, fabricated from terrazzo softened by the passage of time, provide a tour of the constructing that can be a Venetian tour: every ground reveals a brand new dome, a brand new bell tower, the view of San Giorgio or the Giudeca in order that, on the finish of the tour, the palimpsest that’s Venice is accomplished and the puzzle, of historical past, creativeness and audacity, which is, within the twenty first century, every of its buildings preserved, revered and up to date.

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