Designed by Tassinari/Vetta for Electa, Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venezia, OMA. Il restauro e il riuso di un monumento veneziano has been shortlisted – the only Italian title – for the AIGA and Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition.
Founded in 1914 as the American Institute for Graphic Arts, AIGA is today the largest professional organization in the world of visual design, with more than 25,000 members. Design Observer, founded in 2003, is unanimously recognized as one of the major online design reviews.
Together with the other projects selected, Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi will be added to the archives of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University in New York and the Robert Haas Art Library in Yale. This renowned competition is now in its 94th year and features nearly 700 projects from 23 countries, assessed by the jury on the basis of design approach, innovation and specific design features.
Published to mark the reopening of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice after a refurbishment by Rem Koolhaas and Ippolito Pestellini/OMA, the book traces the building’s history from its first construction in 1200 to the present day. It contains all the preliminary presentation drawings by OMA and ends with a large photo gallery.
Bearing in mind historical references to Venetian publishing and typography, the book was designed in two editions: the first, a hard-bound gilt-adorned limited edition and the second in a smaller format for bookstores.