the tower of Porta Nuova - Venice.
la Torre di Porta Nuova - Venezia.
The tower of the Porta Nuova in Venice was designed in the early 1800s. It was used as a crane tower to put the main mast on ships in the Venice Arsenal. In 2006, “Arsenale di Venezia S.p.A.” announced a competition for the restoration of the “Torre di Porta Nuova”. The big winner of the competition was the office run by Francesco Magnani and Traudy Pelzel (MAP Studio). The project aims at safeguarding and enhancing the historic Crane Tower. All this by combining the requirements of the competition with the needs of its new functions as an exhibition space and cultural centre. In this way, an area of approximately 800 m² will be recovered. The old building is divided into three sections: a large central space, the highest, flanked on one side by a long narrow rectangular space and on the other by a trapezoid-shaped space. A public staircase leads to the first level. It is the largest in the whole building, intended to be used for exhibition activities. An empty and imposing space measured by the presence of two large ogival arches and an old wooden staircase. At the back, between the thorn wall and the surrounding wall, a new staircase with handrails and balconies leads to the upper level. The aim of the project is to ensure the conservation and enhancement of the historic building by combining these requirements with the needs arising from the planned new function as an exhibition space and cultural centre.