Elena Baraldi - Università IUAV di Venezia
Charlotte Rosier - Manchester Metropolitan University
Adrian Marmolejo Clarhed - Universidad de Granada
The project area is located to the south-west of the Arsenale. An area which, despite being very close to the city centre and San Marco's square, has no public access. This is a problem when considering the size of the buildings which are used as an exhibition gallery for the world famous Biennale of Art and Architecture event. Currently, the access of the Biennale is narrow and non accesible. Removable barriers are placed between the entrance and the rest of the Arsenale, giving an image of something temporal and not well defined. Our proposal starts when we decide to break these barriers. The aim is to provide the city with a new public space, connecting the city to this very special location; a space unlike any other in the Arsenale and the city of Venice. Studying Gregotti's Masterplan, a no-valuable building blocking the open space is demolished, giving us the chance of opening a considerable square in connection with the waterfront and intergrate functions to entice people to visit and enjoy the space. The new entrance for this public space has been created through a disused warehouse in connection with the street which currently gives access to the entrance to the Biennale. The proposal consists of 2 different entrances, one with a particular relation to the Biennale, developing on its existing entrance, and the another by the extension of two existing openings to the floor.
A sequence of spaces, from narrow to intermediate, through to open, both in plan and in section, helps us to define these circulations for entering this new space.
The spaces are connected through a series of transition spaces which mediate between the different atmospheres of the interlocking spaces. We enter the new square ,Campo dell’Arsenale, as we do in the rest of Venice, from more than one point through narrow corridors, so we are really giving this space a local character.
Biennale: One can access from the new openings or from the existing; both routes converge within the intermediate zone within the building. From there you are able to explore temporary exhibitions, buy tickets, with access to services. Public space: this circulation is much more fluid, from the compressed entrance and spreading all around when arrivingto the inside of the warehouse.
2 bands of service space while the central space is left empty, leaving a view across the public space, and also leaving the structure of the building visible. These parallel zones are continued to the public space, with a volume that defines to one side, and the axis of the Biennale defining the other.