The Wilmotte Foundation aims to encourage the exploration of architectural heritage and its relation to the architectural creation. As part of the competition this year, it is planned to revalorize an industrial site in loss of function, to convert existing buildings for new use and to add contemporary buildings, reintegrating the whole back into the urban fabric in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
For its biannual competition for students, the Wilmotte Foundation chose the site of the former Piazza d'Armi on the island of St. Elena in Venice, an industrial site of the twentieth century, used as a shipyard for the ACTV, the operator of the famous Vaporetto”, the naval public transportation company of Venice.
The competition provides an opportunity to reinvent the typical building on water of Venice as modern housing, social and accessible. The project aims to establish a program consisting of quality housing (70%), and artists’ studios with workshop and exhibition spaces (30%). Density and volume are left to the discretion of participants.
According to the idea of the city of Venice, a portion of approximately 20% of units should be to design as social co-housing, which means the participative construction accessible to the handicapped with a mix of generations, containing common elements (places of meeting, leisure, services, outdoor spaces, nursery…). The co-housing is an initiative born in the 60s in Denmark. In its current form, particular attention is given to aspects of sustainable buildings. Residents are involved in the design process and in the funding. The daily management is also provided by them. It concerns an architectural and urban redevelopment; think the Venice of the XXI Century.
The competition is open to students and young architects of architecture schools from the European Union and Switzerland, who graduated after December 31st, 2008. They will have to justify their current or past inscription in a school. For the session of 2012 an architect interior designer is allowed to participate but only in an association with an architect or student in architecture.
Register by: 05-15-2012 / Submit by: 06-15-2012