Redevelopment of the Patriarchal Seminary of Venice

Drafted by Stefano Battaglia, this architectural project entailed the functional redevelopment and restoration of a building that was constructed in Venice by Baldassarre Longhena in 1671 alongside the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, and which was home to the Patriarchal Seminary from 1818. The building is spread across 5 floors and is divided into the main body of the monument, with an area of approximately 9,500m², and its additional structures, with an area of approximately 4,500m². The project also focused on an area of approximately 2,600m² within the Magazzini della Dogana. Within the complex, the residential spaces are spread across the upper two floors, above the three floors that are used by the Studium Generale Marcianum school for teaching purposes (classrooms, laboratories, library, study rooms, offices etc.). Furthermore, the plan also aimed to restore many of the city’s important spaces, such as the Biblioteca Moderna, the Pinacoteca, the open-air exhibition space between the Seminary and the Basilica (‘Campasso’) and the Chiesa della Santissima Trinità church (the Church of the Holy Trinity). The project focused on individual spaces as well as on the routes and connections between the various buildings, adapting the structure to legislation concerning the protection of historic buildings, the prevention of fire, compliance with health and sanitary standards, and building systems performance. During the preservation and restoration project, which focused on both the structure as well as the building itself, particular attention was given to decorated surfaces and to the replacement of the systems network. The systems plan improved the entire building’s energy efficiency, while respecting its structure and avoiding modification of its architecture. Traditional technologies were employed, which nonetheless offer high efficiency levels, thanks to the condensation technology of natural gas boilers and the recuperation of heat from air-cooled refrigeration units. Particular attention was given to the distribution system and air conditioning terminals, all of which operate at low temperatures and boast reduced power consumption, but which nevertheless guarantee a comfortable temperature and humidity level in all rooms. The air conditioning management and control system is centralised, and operates on the basis of persons present within a room, allowing for free regulation of the temperature and ensuring decreased output when no-one is present. Finally, energy consumption was reduced thanks to the use of LED lighting solutions, presence sensors and luminous flux regulation sensors in the rooms.