Contemporary architecture trip to Venice, what to visit?



The city of Venice needs no introduction. Its uniqueness makes it attractive and attractive to the eyes of the whole world and its architecture seems to show us a city frozen in time. But, as in other iconic cities on our planet, the mark of some of the most relevant architecture studios of today has also reached there.

Although we can consider that Carlo Scarpa was the one who opened the gap, from his interventions on the built, it has been other great names in architecture who have reconfigured specific enclaves in the city. One of them is Álvaro Siza, who executed a housing project on the Giudecca island that dialogues with other blocks also of a residential nature in terms of layout and composition of the façades, fully integrating into the environment. On the cultural level, we find works by Tadao Ando, who intervened in the Punta della Dogana and in the Palazzo Grassi teatrino, in both cases revealing his aesthetic identity while respectfully adapting to the pre-existence.

In the commercial field, the studio of Rem Koolhaas, OMA, undertook the integral transformation of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, changing its use from a post office to a shopping center, and, in terms of equipment, it has been the last winner of the Pritzker prize, David Chipperfield , who has carried out an intervention on the Procuratie Vecchie, restoring splendor to a building that had been in a state of disrepair for some time.

To all this we must add the different interventions that have been carried out on the occasion of the Biennale, such as the installation that Siza made for the Giardini themselves and that has remained a permanent element, or the Vatican Chapels on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Made by Souto de Moura, Carla Juaçaba or Norman Foster, among others, executed for the 2018 biennial and which fortunately remained.

Campo di Marte by Álvaro Siza

Punta della Dogana by Tadao Ando

Teatrino Palazzo Grassi by Tadao Ando

Fondaco dei Tedeschi by OMA – Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Refurbishment of Procuratie Vecchie by David Chipperfield Architects


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