PIAZZA S.ANTONIO

Trieste
Team: Massimo Galeotti, Marco Plazzogna, Costanza Poli, Elisa Rizzato

The urban fabric of the city of Trieste seduced and led the imagination towards the compositional choices of this project. Trieste is strongly characterized by a planimetric system featuring continuous perpendicular crossroads that delimitate blocks with relatively similar dimensions. The relationship and the contrast between the sea, an element that is at the same time fascinating and unpredictable for the human being, and this quite rigid urban fabric is the main theme of the architectural intervention concerning St. Anthony’s Square.

How to articulate the different aspects of the relationship between the nature and a strongly humanized territory, then? First of all, by nurturing their complementarity, which is the foundation and the pride of the maritime city of Trieste. The Grand Canal (Canal Grande), whose water provides a mirror surface to reflect the buildings that give onto it, was once lapping at the foot of the Church of St. Anthony Thaumaturge. Our intervention wants to recreate the ancient complementarity of the sea and the dry land. On the one hand, the water returns (even if restrained and pent-up between banks that recall the tidy language of the street system) and replaces the current St. Anthony’s Square with a reopening of the Canal; on the other hand, the water regarners the dynamism given by the tides going in and out. With the progression of the Grand Canal, the bank in front of the façade of the church dematerializes to the point of blending with the square, which becomes a sort of new water edge. The boundary between land and sea is proposed again, but in the form of a meeting point within a city square.

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