steel and wood towers unify the private balconies, recalling the wooden fishermen’s barracks and the high cranes which mark this side of the Giudecca island. La Giudecca, Venice Picture: Cino Zucchi – Check out TripAdvisor members’ candid photos and videos of La Giudecca. This building is part of a large urban renewal plan on the site of the former Junghans industrial plant on the island of the Giudecca. The general urban scheme.

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It is actually made up of eight small islands that are interconnected by a number of bridges. Instead it is a slight, elegant and sophisticatedly picturesque view of the modern, immersed in the fiudecca of Venice, in a simulated city. From Piazzale Roma, those arriving in Venice by zjcchi should then take the same route. Evidently many of the potential buyers ciho to the real estate agents who are handling the sale of apartments in some of the new buildings erected on the island of Giudecca in the area formerly occupied by the Junghans factories, are not in fact Venetian.

La Giudecca represents the largest individual island in Venice. In the case of the new Judeca Nova complex, this intention is evident in the decision to appoint different architects to develop the urban project.

The materials and the technical solutions of the building are very traditional and the details of their use reveal the impossibility of an historicist replica.

To the north the plan takes up the pattern of the existing fabric, in an intelligent micro-town-planning surgery. A general plan for the whole area an urban improvement scheme was developed cjno the competition project. More projects in Venice. To the south on the other hand nothing remains of the previous industrial structure, now replaced by four buildings in a row.

And naturally it is conducted through the manipulation of a language that alludes to Venetianness, but in a detached manner, filtered through the experiences of Italian architecture of the s and 60s, but also with an eye on Siza and Seven Holl.


The five buildings each pursue a particular line of character. Text by Mirko Zardini.

On the island of Giudecca, the abandoned industrial area of the Junghans factory has been turned into a giudeccz neighborhood. Part of the new housing is earmarked for semi-subsidised housing, some of it is for university dormitories, and another part of it for sale. Five housing blocks in Venice. From the airport you need only reach Piazzale Roma, and then board the same line of vaporetti.

The new square and the new canal, facing the lagoon, offer a hitherto unseen view and give access to a landscape until now little appreciated.

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The directions are clear, and useful especially to the non-Venetian. The ex-Junghans precinct is thus opened up to the city, creating a new outlook toward the extraordinary landscape of the Laguna. It is very Venetian, yet reminiscent of the lesson learnt from the high density low buildings of British postwar experiments.

And this character is not derived from a reflection on content, programmes or end-uses. If Walter Benjamin prophetically understood the complex relationships between high-brow and popular culture in the age of technical reproduction, one wonders about the possibilities of contemporary architecture to employ the resonances of the well-known and the banal without falling into the pastiches of commercial architecture which is transforming the whole world into a commodified skin-deep image.

On the new campo, a building alludes graphically to the stone scores of Venetian buildings, while there are continual allusions in the openings, in the cornices and in the deformation of the roofs.

The system of open spaces, of calli, campi and gardens, and the relation between the canals and water, or with green areas the little private gardens suggest ckno idea of continuing Venetian urban space. It is certainly no coincidence that precisely these are the buildings allocated to non-Venetian buyers.

The imposed simulated a process of growth or transformation, similar to that of a certain period of the historical city itself, in aspiring to re-establish, or only to suggest, a social, economic and political, hence also urban, complexity.

Cino Zucchi – Picture of La Giudecca, Venice – TripAdvisor

A copper canopy re-aligns the walkway and a new passage has been opened through the building to allow for a perpendicular connection between the new public spaces. China Germany India Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Sri Lanka Korea icon-camera close icon-comments icon-down-sm icon-download icon-facebook icon-heart icon-heart icon–mobile-logo icon-next-sm icon-next icon-pinterest icon-play icon-plus icon-prev-sm icon-prev Search icon-twitter icon-views icon-instagram.


The project acts a sort of “microsurgery” in the former industrial area, including both radical transformations by refurbishment or igudecca construction as well as slight modifications of the existing buildings and open spaces.

In the City Council has initiated the Giudecca Project. Beside its specific attributes generated by the very constrained technical and economical giudecfa of subsidised housing, the project is trying to establish a contemporary attitude toward our urban landscape, which treasures the spatial and formal innovations of the Modern Movement without being trapped into its Sachlichkeit moralisms.

It conveys a sentimental vision of Venice that updates its image, extending it and broadening it, and enriching it with all those linguistic experiments with the modern from which Venice has been largely excluded.

On the one hand it proposes a correction and extension of the urban fabric; and on the other, it emphasizes the search for a particular character for each building, somewhere between environmentalism, townscape and the picturesque.

View from the west side of the G1-G2 building looking onto the Rio Morto. The complex of buildings, in part already occupied and that can today be visited, is the outcome of a competition by invitation announced in by a private enterprise in collaboration with the City of Venezia. The general urban scheme, implemented on the basis of the results of a closed competition won by the author, acts as a sort of microsurgery within the delicate body of the city with the construction of a new urban fabric and the renovation of existing industrial buildings converted to residential use.

The other long side looks out on the new dock and bends toward the open sea at the end. This, then, is the crux of the operation.