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IOA1021

IOA - 1021
Universidad De Las Americas / ec Ecuador
1 members
David Freire

Project type:
Cultural Y Espectáculos

Venice is an epicenter for our world´s culture, traditions, history, architecture, arts and tourism. It is a city that has been built over several islands, conected with small or big bridges, walkways and, with labyrinthine streets on the inside of the “islands” and water canals from different sizes that are one of the most important and recognized features of Venice. An estimate of 20-30k people visit the city daily and walk within those streets, walkways and bridges or they take a ride on a boat or the iconic gondolas.
Most of the people´s activities in Venice have to do with culture, art and visiting places such as landmarks and historical heritage places like St. Mark´s square. These kind of activities are available all over the city at all times, nevertheless there is the necesity to create a place in Venice that its completely destined to hold the hub for the city´s most important exhibitions and festivals. It is here when the Venetian Connection appears.
The project is developed outside the city´s urban grid, inside the water, becoming new islands, connecting to the city through bridges. The first island is next to St. Mark´s Square, continuing the circulation from the square to the water and holding the areas for permanent and temporary exhibition, temporary installations and the carnival festivities. The second island is born from the urban node formed by the projection of the Via Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Rio De L’ Arsenal. This island holds the spaces for theatrical, dance and cinema exhibitions.
By going into the water, the project aims to respect its surroundings without being an agressive response to the urban grid of the city, to be a place to contemplate the city and to become a connection between Venice and every important art exhibition that takes place in the city. By doing this, we can draw the user to the project and “desaturate” the city from all the people who visits it. The buildings also take advantage of the “Acqua Alta” to have changing spaces through the year, which can get flooded and acquire different characteristics that turn the place and the exhibitions into something more special and giving the user a variety of sensations during the visit. This is why this solution is called Venetian Connection.

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