Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

The Tall Stones of Venice
2011, IUAV University of Venice, Professors Luigi Croce & Dario Trabucco

A design research workshop titled “The Tall Stones of Venice” was held at the IUAV University of Venice from the 11th - 29th of July, 2011. 41 students from all over the world participated in the workshop, aimed at the design of a 200-meter tower to create a boundary between the urban areas of Mestre and Marghera, and to provide a gateway from mainland Italy to Venice and its lagoon.

The workshop addressed the problem of the redevelopment of a dismissed industrial area in the East of the residential zone of Marghera. The brief asked students to design a tall building along with a complex system of low-rise structures. All buildings had to be mixed-use in order to recreate the complexity of an urban district, with the aim to provide a real, feasible project for the re-development of a large site, formerly occupied by factories and infrastructures related to the industrial process. Students were asked to design an urban project which would consist of a radical modification of the built environment, with provisions for the creation of new transport infrastructures, parks and other public amenities. The brief also asked students to consider Venice not as a sort of romantic background, but as a real city with unique challenges that should influence the project. For this reason, a number of lectures were given about the urban history of this unique city in addition to lectures on tall buildings.


The Tall Stones of Venice: 01
Sofia Beatrice d'Este, Nicola Pagnin & Elly Spyrou
 
The goal of this project is to maximize the view toward Venice and its lagoon. The tower tapers so as to offer unobstructed views of the historic city.


The Tall Stones of Venice: 02
Jola Daberdaka, Emanuele Paladin, Samie Kayani & Giuseppe Stella
 
These towers are functionally connected by three skybridges, in order to create public amenities at height, marked by small internal gardens and triple-height voids.


The Tall Stones of Venice: 03
Matteo Giammartini, Natalia Gutierrez, Simone Luccichenti & Luca Malvasi

This tower is composed of two separate buildings that partially share the same structure. The gateway to the hotel tower is from the water, in reference to the many historic buildings of Venice.


The Tall Stones of Venice: 04
Matia Cester, Michele De Zotti & Willie Yogatama
 
This tower is deformed in order to invite pedestrians into its urban plaza. Though its volume is characterized by a complex geometry, particular care was paid to create a simple structure that enhances the overall form.


The Tall Stones of Venice: 05
Chiara De Gennaro, Patrick Lim, Sara Maschietto & Elena Squizzato
 
As these towers grow higher in the sky, the east and west facades turn clockwise to benefit from the view of the city's lagoon that is visible from a certain height.


The Tall Stones of Venice: 06
Chiara Facchinello, Veronica Feltre & Tim Magner
 
The focal point of this master plan is the iconic tall building which rises from the ground majestically. The three vertical blades that constitute its mass are oriented north to south.


The Tall Stones of Venice: 07
Melissa Cappozzo, Guido Pantani & Marina Tenace
 
The masterplan of this project has been developed with a very strong geometric pattern, and is separated from the city on the north and the south by a large public garden.


The Tall Stones of Venice: 08
Alexander Bibbo, Elisa Bortolozzo, Enrico Marzaro & Elisa Toscano
 
In this scheme, a series of low-rise buildings creates a connection with the city of Marghera, while most of the site is occupied by an urban park with a large marina.


The Tall Stones of Venice: 09
Alessandro Chiarcossi, Eros Conte, Mohamed Ebrahimi, Shivani Mathur, Marco Salvador, Andrea Sartor & Alessandra Trentin

Projects 09 and 10 stem from an idea of the tower that evolved as two different variations of the same idea. Both projects create a low-density area concentrating all the built volumes in two high-rise buildings.


The Tall Stones of Venice: 10
Alessandro Chiarcossi, Eros Conte, Mohamed Ebrahimi, Shivani Mathur, Marco Salvador, Andrea Sartor & Alessandra Trentin

Projects 09 and 10 stem from an idea of the tower that evolved as two different variations of the same idea. Both projects create a low-density area concentrating all the built volumes in two high-rise buildings.


The Tall Stones of Venice: 11
Chuyu Qui, Giada Genovino & Lorena Todaro

This project recreates an urban park, characterized by a simple spiralling geometric principle that drives the attention to the iconic circular tower that stands on its center, bordering the lagoon and the built district.


The Tall Stones of Venice: 12
Roberta Brucato, Lucia Perissinotto & Ludovico Pevere

This high-rise building stands as a thin blade in the middle of a park, reinforcing the horizontal axis of the streets and providing a beautiful view to and from the surrounding areas.


 
The workshop was made possible thanks to the contribution of Studio Altieri and Permasteelisa, two important players in the economy of the Veneto region, interested in promoting a genuine debate on the topics dealt with by the workshop. Besides academic lectures, a number of more technical contributions were given by professionals sent by private companies such as AGC glass, Schindler, and Permasteelisa on specific aspects such as cladding, glazing, and vertical transport.

In addition to the two organizers, the teaching staff also included:
Antonio Capsoni, Politecnico Milano
Enrico Fontanari, IUAV University of Venice
Paolo Foraboschi, IUAV University of Venice
Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham
Angelo Villa,
IUAV University of Venice
Harry Wolf, FAIA