Ermanno Rizzo - Università IUAV di Venezia
Arina Cernysiova - Manchester Metropolitan University
Antonio Jesus - Universidad de Granada
The project is situated in Venice, North of Arsenal. The area was considered as a new north opening for the city as the concept includes considerations for the different routes and connections to the surroundings, so it would not be abandoned, but blended into the Venice city. Permanent and temporary housing was designed on the site with the respect of one of the Arsenal walls and old infrastructure. The site incorporates newly established routes, includes both public and private spaces and is an area where old architecture meets the new. The site is a very spacious - approximately from 200m length by 90m width. It includes three abandoned buildings and a tower. Area was built during the early XXth century and was used for the Navy people. It was important for us to establish the connections between the site and surroundings, because the area wanted to be viewed as a part of the city and as a new entrance from the water side. Following these points, there was a connection found between the two towers in order to emphasize the landmark of that area. The new possibility of the use of the wall as a promenade was also considered– walking not beside the wall, but on it in terms of better views and links with the lagoon and surrounded islands. Furthermore, it was also significant to maintain the old façade of the buildings and respond to the dry dock and work area nearby. Consequently, new paths were found. Afterwards, in order to reinforce these connections, new rules for the project were drawn from the context. Following this, the site was considered as a space for temporary and permanent uses for artists, researchers, tourists and families with public spaces. First of all, to respect the old façade and keep the history it was decided to have gaps between the houses which would ease to view the difference between XXth and XXIst century buildings. Secondly, the ramp/walkway was integrated around the site which was a vital infrastructure that linked wall, new buildings, views, residents and surroundings all together. Thirdly, the length of the buildings was considered in order to create unusual public and private spaces, corridor and sortopotegos/paths. All in all, the new typologies for the flats were designed to respond to the site and use the landmark wisely.