For the International Day of Education 2021, the “ABF GlobaLAB” will officially open its doors in the heart of Florence, inside the famous baroque palace of San Firenze.
The meticulously restored historic spaces serve not only as the Foundation’s headquarters, but more importantly as a physical expression of ABF’s mission of “empowering people and communities”: a place where young people and thinkers from all walks of life can meet and get inspired and grow.
THE LIVING LABORATORY
ABF GlobaLAB is a strategic vocational project designed to encourage and guide the talent of the citizens of tomorrow. Dedicated spaces have been designed to build community and foster dialog through ABF’s free educational activities, both in person and virtually, over the course of the entire year, which including workshops, conferences, and cultural events. With a particular emphasis on engaging the younger generations, this dynamic living laboratory brings together an innovative educational approach with the support of leading multidisciplinary figures from all around the world.
Thanks to the generous support of the City of Florence, for 29 years ABF will have free use of the second floor of the San Firenze complex. In turn, the Foundation will strive to complete a complex restoration project to restore the spaces to their former beauty and splendor.
The San Firenze Complex, with its majestic facade and interior, is considered to be one of the most important Baroque buildings in the city. Dating back to the 16th century, the building was originally commissioned by the Orators of St. Philip Neri and over the centuries has housed an oratory, a seminary, the city court, and a church that is still active today.
Currently the building is also the headquarters of the Foundation and the Franco Zeffirelli Museum, which highlights the building’s role as a center for cultural and artistic education, a place open to the world.