The new heart of the restyled user services in the Giorgio Cini Foundation library complex is the “Nuova Manica Lunga”: the monumental space of the former dormitory of the Benedictine fathers, originally designed by Giovanni Buora; an unique facility created according to the latest and highest international standards of library economics.
The architectural and redevelopment project for the spaces was undertaken by Michele De Lucchi, the winner of an international competition held in 200a5. 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 “Nuova Manica Lunga” represent the ideal “piazza” of the recently formed“Vittore Branca International Center for the Study of Italian Culture”.
The Giorgio Cini Foundation 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 (around 800 titles, of which over 200 are current titles).