Coauthor: Pedro Sousa Arquitectos
Photos: Duccio Malagamba
Casa nel Parco Residential Complex
Today, more than ever, practicing architecture is designing the city. Buildings are containers of life and activities, but they are also responsible to shape the public space and, consequently, social life. On the other hand, it is essential that architecture finds a careful balance between natural and built landscapes.
Located in Jesolo, a city known for its seafront tourism in the Veneto area, about 50 km from Venice, the project involves a private complex of seasonal residential units, according to a development plan that comprises the maintenance of the vast pine forest with subtle infrastructures.
The project sought to find the best possible relationship between the built volumes and the natural landscape, between the city and the beach, creating a new public space, a place of conviviality and encounter, able to enhance the natural beauty of the place and to dialogue with the extensive area of pinewood and the beach.
The terrain is limited, at South, by the Adriatic Sea, and at North by a main distribution road, where it is located a 25-storeys housing tower and a 2-storeys horizontal building for commercial purposes. The latest creates also a foundation for the main tower, accompanying and defining the street front, as well as defining a transitional space between public and private spaces.
In the remaining area, between the tower and the sea, and in the pinewood glades, there are several smaller, square-shaped, buildings of 4-storeys, so as not to exceed the pine trees canopies, with rectangular shaped openings, parallel to the seafront and a common area with exterior swimming pools and other facilities.