This project was designed embarking on a vision to create a city that embodies sustainability, organic density, decentralization, multipolarity, complexity, transversality, liveliness, resilience, inclusivity, diversity, mixed-use, beauty, biodiversity, cohesion, safety, health, accessibility, and support for an active life and a city of care – all with people at the centre rather than technology or economics. This is not an ordered list of priorities but a holistic approach to building a city that is both fair and beautiful from cultural and philosophical perspectives.
Initially, the design process was centred around imagining the future of Venice as a city that exists on the water. The structure was conceptualized with this vision in mind, and the design process then began to take shape. The design process was iterative, involving constant refinement and adjustment as the team worked to balance competing priorities and constraints. Key considerations included the need to create a city that was resilient and adaptable to the challenges posed by rising sea levels and climate change, as well as the need to ensure that the city was accessible, inclusive, and welcoming to a diverse range of residents and visitors. Throughout the design process, the team drew on a range of sources of inspiration, including the rich history and cultural heritage of Venice, as well as contemporary approaches to urban design and architecture.
Water level plan showcasing the urban scale of the project
The program is divided into private and public areas, with a transition plaza area in between. This area showcases how the water level engages users in various activities, leading to an inviting plaza that heads towards the hydroponics and community centre. The plaza further connects to interactive terraces with residential buildings on one side, followed by residential buildings on both sides
Residential units are designed to generate less energy by the buildings, with five main modules housing the requirements. Common passages and interactive double courtyards enhance the user experience. The in-between spaces on each floor plate can be used according to human comfort. Timber is the main material used to respond to the humidity aspect, while interior partition spaces are designed with cork walls and gypsum boards. Each unit features a private patio, a walkway, and glass rooms to experience different conditions of the spaces.
Activities in the interior lobby of the residential and the rooftop