The Giorgio Cini Foundation library, former monastery on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy
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The Giorgio Cini Foundation library complex “Nuova Manica Lunga” is the monumental space of the former dormitory of the Benedictine fathers, originally designed by Giovanni Buora.
The architectural and redevelopment project for the spaces was undertaken by Michele De Lucchi, the winner of an international competition held in 2005. He was then commissioned to refurbish the “Manica Lunga” for its new use. De Lucchi’s design has given shape to an open-plan multidisciplinary space making available to users the invaluable materials, often not found elsewhere.
The library possessions include sections on the history of Venice, literature, theatre and opera, relations between Venice and the East, and relations between Venice and Europe. The most significant section, however, is undoubtedly that dedicated to the history of art, which has over 150,000 books and collections of periodicals (www.cini.it/)