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Renovation of the Torre di Porta Nuova, Venice

On Friday 8th April 2011 the complex project of renovation of the Torre di Porta Nuova, completed in just 2 years, was celebrated in the presence of the Mayor of Venice Giorgio Orsoni, the President of the Società Arsenale Roberto D’Agostino, and the superintendent of Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici (Architectural and Landscape Heritage) Renata Codello and other authorities. The project was designed by two young architects, Francesco Magnani and Traudy Pelzel of MAP studio.

One of the most successful features of the project was to integrate the existing building, originally constructed as a “torre alberaria”, a tower to house the equipment of Venetian ship masts, with its considerable vertical visual impact, with the modern-day needs for a new study centre, as well as communication/business space for the whole area of the Arsenale.

Another characteristic of the project lay in the fact that it is part of a programme, appropriately named “Second Chance”, involving 5 European cities whose aim is to refurbish sites originally conceived as industrial buildings. Once fallen into disuse, the buildings become cultural centres to be exploited by the community due to their proximity to these areas.

One important characteristic used by the designers on a large scale in the interior spaces was the choice of corten steel, both for panels and interior coverings as well as for door and window frames, built using the Secco Sistemi Sistemacciaio profiles, the finishings of which blend harmoniously with the warm hues of the original old walls.

Renovation of the Torre di Porta Nuova, Venice