IUAV University – Venice (Italy)

San.Co fireproof solution for the IUAV in Venice

A particular and totally custom made intervention by San.Co for the construction of a fire and wood structure inside one of the venues of the IUAV university of Venice: the historic Ca’ Tron palace. The historic building, located right on the Grand Canal, is one of the representative offices of the lagoon university, used for exhibitions and conferences, it is also home to important research institutes such as Ir.Ide and Epich.

The design of the structure and of the doors in wood and fireproof glass, as well as of the assembly intervention, had to take into account the historicity of the building and, above all, of the area in which the structure would have been located: between an atrium and the stairs of entrance, consequently with a non-homogeneous floor.

The structure was created in wood and glass specifically for this use and for that specific position: the fire doors are made of glass and wood while the structure is totally in plasterboard and covered in wood. The finishes were very accurate so that the junction between the structure and the columns of the building was perfect.

Wood and glass rei fire doors are not only fire doors, but also panic doors on the exit side. The fire and wood fire compass is EI60 certified.

Interesting is the scenographic effect which is visible from the push side of the doors: it seems, in fact, that above the structure there is a completely open passage. It is obviously an optical effect, made with a large fire-rated glass whose frame disappears behind the historic marble arch.