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Fondaco dei Tedeschi: restoration of a historic building in Venice

Climaveneta units to improve energy efficiency and internal comfort of the luxury shopping centre

The building: history and restoration

The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a historic building in Venice, northern Italy, situated on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge. It was built in 1228 as the headquarters and restricted living quarters of the city’s German (Tedeschi) merchants and destroyed twice by fires, then rebuilt in the sixteenth century, before being transformed into a Customs office during the Napoleonic period.


The restoration of the building, which has been leased to the luxury giant LVMH, has been completed in summer 2016. The building’s recovery project was entrusted to Studio Oma, belonging to the famous architect Rem Koolhaas, and is based on the idea of re-establishing the historical link between Venetian culture and commerce. The interiors have been designed by the young British architect Jamie Fobert, considered a rising star of interior design. Also Favero & Milan Ingegneria, an Italian company with many overseas offices and vast experience in complex work has taken part in the project.

Comfort and Sustainability: the HVAC system

To get the best internal comfort in such a wide and tall building with a large central court, and a lot of different corner shops inside, it was necessary to design an innovative HVAC system.


At the same time, considering the exclusive location in Venice and the strong focus of the tenant on environmental respect, it was necessary to do it in the most sustainable way, without any CO2 emission on site.

The HVAC system is based on Climaveneta high efficiency units: 2 water-cooled multi-purpuse heat pumps NECS-WQ / S 0512, linked to vertical geothermal probes to further improve the energy performance of the system and 1 additional air-cooled heat pump with centrifugal fans NECS-CN / B / S 0612 to manage the water even simultaneously by exploiting the recovery in the production of both liquids and thus maximizing the energy efficiency of the building throughout the year.


The internal comfort is granted by AHUs and radiant panels, distributing heating and cooling into the building to offer a sustainable and comfortable shopping experience all year round.