Il Bordo Spesso
Project developped with Marta Elisa Signorelli
Venice (IT), 2020
The Island of Certosa, in the venetian lagoon, can be considered the first point of contact for the city of Venice to a more rural and natural world. Right now, several areas present a strong wild character, in contrast with others that are built and defined. The project proposed aims to valorise the relation between land and water and restore a fundamental connection with the surrounding landscape.
To do that, the project takes place along the portion of the island’s boundary where it’s possible to introduce new typologies of spaces and elements that establish a new idea of thick border. The historical wall, which surrounds the island and defines the division between the island itself and the lagoon, becomes the element to play with in order to generate a sequence of spaces that create multiples experiences to embrace the landscape. If sometimes the presence of the wall permits to concentrate the attention to the inner island, other times his absence allows to live the surface of the water as public space.
The project is part of a bigger general design foreseen for the island of Certosa, in which large functional sectors are identified: urban, peri-urban, agricultural and natural. These sectors are adapted to the current uses of the island, related to the present naval activities and its use as a park. The identified areas are the active background of the new board path, which crosses them and with which it enters in relation.
The project is composed by three main elements: the green rooms, the piers and the descents to water.
Particular attention is given to the choice and the placement of the vegetation, especially for the big trees that are distributed along the border. Those elements will permit to create a strong landscape identity, that will finally insert the Island of Certosa inside the territory where itbelongs.