Punta della Dogana, one of the two museums of the Pinault Foundation in Venice, was once the Dogana da Mar of the Serenissima Republic. The building, with its characteristic triangular shape, crowned by a tower dominated by the Palla d'Oro (The gold Sphere), which depicts the world supported by two Atlases, was completely restored in 2009, to be transformed into a modern contemporary art center, on a project by the Japanese minimalist architect Tadao Ando. The main feature of the building are in fact the exposed concrete walls, which represent Ando's signature. Punta della Dogana overlooks the San Marco Basin and is, as the permanent home of the immense Pinault collection, which has become a port for the most representative peaks of contemporary artistic production and a place of choice for sharing it with the wider public. Inside the building there is also the Dogana Cafè, a splendid space restored by Ando where it is possible to taste extraordinary dishes and wines with a splendid view of the Lagoon.
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