Livia Pietropoli - Università IUAV di Venezia
George Yallop - Manchester Metropolitan University
Manuel Navarro - Universidad de Granada
Our proposal examines the relationship between the structure of the Arsenale and its connection to local residential areas of Venice. Addressing two themes of 'Accessibility, pedestrian crossings and redevelopment of open spaces' and 'Expanses and fronts of water', the highlighted area of the Arsenale is to be linked to the local residents via the introduction of a new route passing through the Arsenale wall, reclaiming a private space into the realm of public open space, creating a new path in. Fluctuating between functions of press gardens and public space it becomes a new lever in the system of circulation for the Arsenale. The large expanse of space just inside the Arsenale wall gains a new structured identity by the definition of new paths combined with the permanent introduction of a cafe function into the tesa adjacent. Material expression highlights new paths amongst the existing historic landscape, providing clearer defined public space.