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Il Giardino dei Parterres

Accademic project
Project developped with Marta Elisa Signorelli
Venice (IT), 2020

The Foscarini and Vendramin garden is one of the many historic gardens that dot the city of Venice. However, there are few of them where it is possible to enter freely, and most of them are linked to historical palaces, today museums and university seats.
Within this scenario, the Foscarini and Vendramin garden represents a fundamental opportunity. The possibility of imagining its reopening to the public and the installation of new functions, is the occasion to give back to the city a series of open spaces with a strong vegetal characterization, in a context built in stone.
The project can be a fundamental part of a larger system of gardens finally accessible, allowing the creation of a circuit of green spaces that can be re-evaluated in their usability and openness to the city.
The objective of the intervention is to reinterpret the signs and characters typical of the historical Venetian garden in order to give a new structure to this place, and to revalue those elements that are hidden, but not completely erased.

The new garden is proposed as a fundamental project in the reintroduction within Venice of what is a type of space that has long defined a characterizing element in the structure of the city, but which today is largely hidden and little known. Through the use of modern elements, the new garden is able to provide inhabitants and visitors with an absolutely indispensable place of rest and pleasure.


We can count about 174 historical gardens in Venice, in which we can recognize particular elements of value.

stato di fatto.jpg

Current state of the garden.


Giuseppe Filosi (ca. 1730–70). Feast at the Palazzo Foscarini in Honor of the Dukes of
, 3 August 1749, 1751, etching, 353 × 538 mm. Venice, Museo Correr, inv. n. St. Correr 5168.
Archivio Fotografico—Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.


Concept: new perception of spaces.
Two macro-areas can be recognized: the part of Palazzo Vendramin, which is the point where the historical elements can be re-proposed in a new key, and the part of Palazzo Foscarini, where new types of spaces are planned to introduce new activities and functions.


The project.

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