Venice School Of Architecture
Miralles/Tagliabue felt it was necessary to return the characteristic Venetian freedom and density to the area of the future Venice School of Architecture.
At the first stage of the competition, where they won First Prize, Miralles/Tagliabue took the Venice behind the area, the Campo dell’Anzolo Raffaele, the Canale di Ció, San Nicolo dei Mendicoli, as a city fragment – as a reference point to provide the pedestrian scale from which they could start to build.
|The acceptance of the discipline of the existing: a ghost that is present during the whole changing process of a building as the physical quality of time embodied in things.|
Mimicking what “Venice” is as a general stylistic approach did not make sense and it was not completely satisfactory to base the project on a morphological scale: A building is a building… Part of the city, but not a city. It was necessary to recommence a new intuition.
They felt the project should be a kind of “new building” that has always been there. The series of buildings in the area, facing the Giudecca, used for the storage of goods, became storage for groups of students.