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The return of Palazzo Nani

The historic Palazzo Nani, a 16th century stately building overlooking the Cannaregio Canal in Venice, has become a Radisson Collection Hotel, a 5-star hotel designed by Studio Marco Piva. Palazzo Nani, the former home of the noble Nani family and then a school, has reopened its doors to the city after a major renovation project by Studio Marco Piva, carried out under the supervision of, and in agreement with, the Soprintendenza alle Belle Arti e Paesaggio for the City of Venice, as the building is subject to protection due to its historical value. The project started from the concept of preserving the past by drawing a new chapter in the hotel industry in Venice, conceived to be in harmony with the artistic heritage of the city but bringing its vision inside the new hotel.

The new Radisson Collection Hotel, Palazzo Nani Venice in fact evolves the concept of luxury, giving it a cultural and refined value, which combines the artistic heritage with a profound aesthetic research in which the best design integrates with the emotional and social value of the work, increasing its prestige even more. A change of use that has kept the historical and artistic value of the Palazzo intact, preserving and emphasising the original structures and floors, as well as all the frescoes, magnified with the use of light. The emotional element of recalling the place is the lifeblood of the project: everything was studied and designed with the intention of finding a reference to the city of Venice. The result today is an experience where it is possible to breathe in the essence of Palazzo Nani through the morphology of the spaces and its painted walls, all the while experiencing a stay of comfort and luxury.

Studio Marco Piva’s work was therefore based on a dialogue with the existing building on the one hand, and with the history of the place on the other, in a combination of past and future. “With the Palazzo Nani project we wanted to create a “special place” in Venice that could offer the best of hospitality in an attractive and osmotic context. A new concept of luxury that harmoniously combines history, art and design to offer guests and visitors the most refined welcome in continuity with the best Venetian tradition” explains architect Marco Piva. A touch of contemporaneity respecting the history that gives a view back in time to the Renaissance period to those who cross its threshold.

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Project: Radisson Collection Hotel, Palazzo Nani Venice
Architect: Studio Marco Piva
Year: 2021
Photo: Andrea Martiradonna