In 2008, Avesta Group was commissioned by the François Pinault Foundation to work on the planning of the Palazzo Grassi's restoration.
As a centre for contemporary art, the former customs house of the city presents a permanent exhibition of works from the François Pinault Collection. The institution who wanted and sponsored the transition of this masterpiece of architecture, so emblematic to the city, from its eminently commercial function to a port of contemporary art and ideal venue to share it with the world.
The location of the new home for the Francois Pinault Collection, the Punta della Dogana, is one of the most prominent places in Venice, the merging point of the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal, meters away from the memorial church of Santa Maria della Salute.
Tadao Ando restored the building from January 2008 to March 2009, funded by François Pinault, the French billionaire and art collector.
“This building has been floating on the water since the 15th century, and my intention is to see it float into the future; it is an ancient building, and it was challenging to study its history to preserve its original structure and innovate toward the future. I will use a 20th-century material, reinforced concrete, fitting it into this historic structure” said Tadao Ando when presenting the project in 2009.
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