A Heroic Vertical Achievement
The project of the renovation in the Arzenale of Venice, the winner of a special mention within the context of the 2011 Piranesi Award, could be read and commented upon from several points of view. On the one hand, one could go about it starting from the “narrow” professional viewpoint, analysing the architectural idea, or the technological and structural principles that are characteristic of the project. On the other hand, one could discuss the conservation approach proposed by the two architects – an approach reaching far beyond our ordinary perception of the problems related to the renovation of historical architecture, as we shall see later. The third possible critical approach is, naturally, the description and understanding of the project within the broader urban context: during the past few years, with ideas and strategies that are none too coherent, the city of Venice has been renovating the whole of the Arzenale complex, the gem of historical industrial architecture, once the heart and soul of the Venetian maritime power.

Photo: Map Studio

Photo: Map Studio

Photo: Map Studio

Design architects Map Studio – Magnani Pelzel Architetti Associati
Location Arsenale di Venezia
Structural Engineering Zero4uno Ingegneria S.r.l.
General Systems Studio Associato Vio
Site Supervision Franco Gazzarri
Architectural Supervision Map Studio
General Contractor Sacaim S.p.A.
Architectural and Landscape Heritage Trust for Venice and Lagoon
Claudio Menichelli
Project Manager Ambra Dina
Client Arsenale di Venezia S.p.A.
Area 800 m²
Design and Construction 2009-2011

The complete article is published in Autumn issue of Piranesi No. 31 Vol. 20.

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