Aperitif ritual meets design: Vudafieri-Saverino redesign the Terrazza Aperol in Venice

Architects Tiziano Vudafieri and Claudio Saverino choose materials and elements of Venetian tradition, which they reinterpret in a contemporary key, for an authentic immersion in the ritual of the aperitif and socialising.

Venice, January 2023, characterised by the unmistakable tones of the orange of the Aperol Spritz, is located in the heart of Venice, just a stone’s throw from the Accademia Bridge in Campo Santo Stefano. The Milanese architecture studio Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, also based in Shanghai after giving life to the interior project in 2021, takes up the concept of this 70 square metre space, able to combine the proposal of the Bacari, the small taverns typical of Venice, with the contemporary allure of a cocktail bar.

To offer an even more authentic and profound experience of the orange aperitif known all over the world, the architects Tiziano Vudafieri and Claudio Saverino enrich the main spaces of the Bacaro and the Bar – emphasising the strong bond between Aperol and the Venetian tradition – and give shape to the social space, an environment capable of enhancing the pleasure of conviviality. In all the spaces, the architects have introduced accents of blue colour, present in the Aperol brand identity, to give a further personality in combination with the neutral tones and details of the typical orange that characterise the project.

Inside the Bacaro, where the protagonists are the famous “cicchetti”, the cane board countertop, combined with corian tips of a warm white tone, gives the environment a decorative boost and, together with details and bright orange lines, creates a warm and relaxed atmosphere to recall the traditional Venetian bacari. The adjacent wall at the counter is characterised by a design created in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, for which the Architects chose a base in filposé to create an optical effect similar to the fabric, while the graphics have been printed with shiny relief parts in contrast to elements and opaque backgrounds to give a sense of three-dimensionality. Inside the Bacaro, the tone of blue takes over, along with the typical orange, while also playing with the nuances of yellow and blue of the artwork, enveloping the entire environment.

The new Social Room is characterised by the fact that it is a multifunctional space dedicated to conviviality, in the quintessence of Aperol. A large oak table, characterised by the recreated Venetian “bröcole”, the poles that signal the navigable canals in the lagoon. To obtain a dynamic and elegant environment at the same time, Vudafieri-Saverino Partners decided to cover the walls with a handmade wallpaper by Fortuny, the historic Venetian weaving that embellishes and places the classic “canestrello” Design with an ad hoc pattern. Two lush green walls in stabilised green, framed by panels of blue Alcantara, complete the room with texture and a touch of colour. Ideal at any time of day, from coffee to after dinner, the bar continues to be the beating heart of Terrazza Aperol, where you can enjoy a perfect Aperol Spritz and admire the beauty of the city from the large windows overlooking Campo Santo Stefano.