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Renaissance man to help build Dubai's Venice

Art historian commissioned to ensure Venetian plans are authentic.

Dubai Sports City has commissioned a Renaissance expert to ensure the authenticity of the Venetian themed architecture of the development’s North Point commercial, residential and retail precinct.

Art historian Professor Daniele Morelli is using his Renaissance expertise to cross reference the architectural plans for North Point with official studies conducted on Roman and Venetian architecture.

On completion of the plans, it is expected that a team of artists and masons who specialize in Venetian restoration and architecture will arrive from Italy to help the appointed construction company.

The waterside retail district will encapsulate the architecture and essence of Venice, arguably the most romantic in the world.

“It is easy to understand why people fall in love with Venice – it is the most beautiful city built by man. Venice reflects an irresistible enjoyment of life through its people, architecture, and culture. This type of lifestyle is a gift and I’m happy to recreate it for the residents of Dubai,” said Morelli.

The fabric of Venice is made up of self-contained communities built around a Campo (Square) buzzing with local markets and activity, and ground floor shops which line the Palazzi (Palaces) surrounding the Campo.

North Point’s Palazzi will be created in the form of three atriums, housing commercial offices, boutique stores and cafes.

The atriums will lead to waterfront restaurants, where in the cooler months, seating will be available on the promenade creating a Riviera-style setting.

A large landscaped courtyard – the Campo – will link North Point to Dubai Sports City’s Arena Mall, Stadia and the adjacent commercial and residential establishments.

Professor Daniele Morelli was born and raised in Tuscany, an area renown for its Renaissance art, culture and landscape. Heavily influenced by his surroundings, Morelli studied at the prestigious Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence.

Morelli’s work first appeared in Dubai in 1976 and more recently his work can be seen at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina where he designed all the interiors by hand.

North Point will be the heart of the downtown district and will offer about 210,000 square feet of leasing space across 92 units.

The precinct will service 47 waterfront residential and commercial towers. Visitors will experience an appealing combination of high-end casual dining, outdoor seating, boutique shopping, with a Riviera-style atmosphere.

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