Over the wall
Manuel Minto - Università IUAV di Venezia
Matthew William Arnold - Manchester Metropolitan University
Manuel E. Barba Delgado - Universidad de Granada
The critical challenge in the master-planning for Haul uP site A3.2 and the wider area lay in the ways in which an intervention could establish a connection between the once excluded neighborhood with the contemporary uses of the Arsenale.
Our site lies to the east of the Arsenale, bound entirely by water and marooned further by the exclusion of the Arsenale wall. The dense neighborhood of San Daniel bridges onto this sparse site at the north-eastern corner, while a bridge to the north-west provides a single tentative link with the Arsenale.
Historical maps showed this site to be a former a monastery, which helped explain why the built 'grain' across this site was so different to the typically Venetian neighborhood. A wall which once stood along the northern edge of the site helped define the courtyard spaces across the site, erased perhaps when the footprint of the monastery was used to construct the naval barracks. Continuing the echoes of palimpsest on the site, we sought to reconstruct the memory of the wall which in turn became the organizer of the spaces in our intervention.
By using and 'inhabiting' the wall we sought to express a connection from San Pietro and San Daniel into the activity of the Arsenale; spatially suggesting the neighborhood now 'breaches' the former exclusion of the Arsenale.