A Meeting Point in Venice

'POINTS of contact' is a three-manufacturer initiative with a single attitude: a commitment to design and culture. Commonly it invites architects to the Venice Architecture Biennale opening week celebrations

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FSB, Gira and KEUCO and their communication initiative for architects POINTS of contact are hosting a Meeting Point during the opening week at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale. From 25 May until 1 June 2016, architects are invited to the historical Palazzo Contarini Polignac to be part of an exciting programme of lectures, tours and events, as well as have access to a frequent water-taxi shuttle to the biennale grounds, daily catering from 9am and a blow-out party on 25 May in the palace's spacious garden facing onto the Grand Canal. Register now: www.points-of-contact.com

Located on the Grand Canal, Palazzo Contarini Polignac is an early-Renaissance palace built in the second half of the 15th century by the acclaimed Italian architect Giovanni Buora, known also for the Church of San Zaccaria and Scuola Grande di San Marco. Like many other palaces in Venice, Palazzo Contarini Polignac is full of secrets, stories and eccentric inhabitants. After being in the possession of the doges family Contarini dal Zaffo and the merchants Manzoni, it was bought by Winnaretta Singer, heiress of the famous sewing machine company, in 1900.

Singer invited many of the most famous composers, musicians, artists and writers of her time to the palace, which was an avant-garde meeting point for Igor Stravinsky, Ethel Smyth, Ezra Pound, Reynaldo Hahn, Pablo Picasso, Coco Chanel and many more. In 1908 Claude Monet created one of his most important works with a picture of the Palazzo Contarini Polignac (art museum Saint Gallen), capturing the famous mysterious Venetian haze. The palazzo is still owned by the Singer family today and often frequented by the who's who of design, art and culture. In 2007, Zaha Hadid and Karl Lagerfeld introduced their project 'MOBILE ART Chanel Contemporary Art Pavillion' at the palazzo.

The companies FSB, Gira and KEUCO stand for elegant materials, trend-setting ideas, sensual surfaces and a great affinity for architecture. In 1998 the three manufacturers founded the communication initiative for architects 'POINTS of contact' in order to promote premium quality components for building construction and a strong commitment to design and culture. With a holistic approach in communications aims to be a source of inspiration and ideas for architects.

The Meeting Point in Venice is likely the biggest event of its kind and happens for the third time this year. To get the free VIP package which gives access to all the above mentioned POINTS of contact activities at the Palazzo Contarini Polignac registration is required at www.points-of-contact.com