Palazzo Pemma Zambelli

Restoration and renovation for change of use

Venice, Italy, 2015-2018
Intended use: Hospitality
Dimensions: indoor surface area 1,950.00 sq.m. outdoor surface area 390.00 sq.m.
Status: completed
Customer: Pegaso srl

The restoration work commissioned by the new owner began in 2015, based on a project (first developed and authorised in 2008) that took great care to ensure the work carried out was reversible. The new use (tourist accommodation) was compatible with the static characteristics and the internal layout of the property. In this context, all the historical elements characterising the historical architecture of the building (from the monumental fronts to the relationship between the external and internal spaces) were subjected to conservative and typological restoration work only.

The structural works regarded the foundations, which were strengthened, and the floors on the various levels, as well as the primary and secondary roof structure. The masonry work has been treated with a demolition and restoration technique to replace missing parts and repair damage. The ground floor has been protected from the acqua alta (high water) phenomenon with the construction of a containment tank that has demonstrated its ability to withstand even exceptional tides, such as that of 12 November 2019 (1.87 m. a.s.l).
The construction of the new systems (electrical and special, plumbing and drainage, heating and air conditioning) and adaptation to the standards laid down in the Fire Prevention Certificate has allowed the historical architecture to be adapted to the new functions.

The hotel has 43 rooms, divided into double rooms, junior suites and suites, connected to which are large indoor and outdoor utility areas (breakfast room and bar, garden and terraces, etc.).
The level of comfort and quality of the hospitality facility is certified by the "4 Star" level, in a setting of particular artistic value enhanced by the careful restoration of the interior décor which, in the rooms on the noble floor, have brought back to light the neoclassical frescoes of the main halls.

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