Future Heritage | Options Studio

Future Heritage Options Studio
Venice, Italy
Fall 2016



The studio proposes to explore the design of a naval museum in Venice on the site of the Bacini di Carenaggio in the Venice Arsenale. The Venetian Bacini di Carenaggio can be considered the last residual element of continuity we inherit from the glorious past of the Venetian tradition of boat construction and maintanence, which happened in the Venice Arsenale and which some recent Venetian policies put in risk of closure. At the same time, the Museo Navale, which presently occupies a Palazzo on the Riva degli Schiavoni, is in need of renovation.

The studio suggests to design the new naval museum in the liminal site of the Bacini di Carenaggio in the Venice Arsenale. The design hypotesis of a new museum in the Bacini needs to happen while preserving the working activities of boat maintanence. This idea becomes an opportunity to transform the edge site of the Bacini di Carenaggio in the Venice Arsenale expanding the city’s public and cultural life towards the edges. The same hypothesis aims also to preserve and protect the skills of the people working in the Arsenale as well as potentially generating significant synergies between the two systems. The aim of the studio is to investigate strategies of physical interventions to critically generate a new spatial condition in a context of extraordinary heritage value, the Venice Arsenale, confronting with the fragile environment of the Venice Lagoon in terms of urban, historical, environmental and social aspects.