VENICE LINK

An emotional route

Year
2004/2009

Venicelink Passante di Mestre is a bypass that crosses the urban area of Venice as an alternative to the traditional A4 Venice-Trieste motorway and the A27 Mestre-Belluno motorway. It is an emotional project whose aim is to enhance the landscape.

Venicelink Passante di Mestre è il bypass che attraversa lo spazio metropolitano di Venezia in alternativa all’asse autostradale tradizionale della A4 Venezia-Trieste e della A27 Mestre-Belluno. Un progetto di infrastruttura emozionale che lavora alla valorizzazione del paesaggio.

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Client
Autostrade SpA, Autovie Venete, Autostrada Venezia-Padova, ANAS
Location
Dolo-Quarto d'Altino
Status
Completed
Size
32 km
Team
director of the project Flavio Albanese

Flavio Albanese
founder & partner

Flavio Albanese (1951), is founder and president of Asastudio. A self-taught man whose training did not follow the more usual academic route, he began to show interest in shapes and design as a very young boy, and he gradually added many strings to his bow in all sectors of architecture and design. He has held courses at the École Polytechinique Fédérale in Lausanne and at the Art Institute in Chicago (1980), at Yale University (1983), at the University of Architecture in Delft (2005), at the University of Florida (2006), at the Fundacion Proa de Buenos Aires (2008) and frequently at the most important Italian universities. He has also held two workshops at the international summer school of the Architecture School in Venice in 2009 and 2010. He was a member of the Confindustria Vicenza committee from 1998 to 2001, the Domus Academy Scientific Committee (2004-2005) and the MIart Committee of Honour (2009 and 2010), director of the Officina del Porto di Palermo (2006-2008), vice president of the Andrea Palladio Architecture Firms International Centre (2011-2015) and president of the Fondazione Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza (2010-2016). From 2007 to 2010 he was asked to head Domus, the prestigious international architecture, design and contemporary art magazine. Together with his brother France, he founded Asastudio in Vicenza in 1987, whose projects have appeared in the most important architecture and design magazines. The Neores project was selected for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, and Asastudio took part in Venice's Architecture Biennial in 2004 and 2006. Flavio is an avid reader and bibliophile (his library, which is open to the rest of the firm, contains more than 15,000 volumes) and he is a connoisseur and collector of contemporary art. He is currently a member of the Unicredit Triveneto Advisory Board.

Franco Albanese

Franco Albanese
partner & executive director

Franco Albanese (born in Vicenza in 1958) has worked in the world of architecture and design since 1976. He graduated from the Architecture School in Venice in 1986 and the year after he founded Asastudio in Vicenza with his brother Flavio. Since then he has been the firm's CEO and Technical Manager, and this role has led him to playing his part in the creation, development and execution of the most important projects. As designer and operations manager he oversaw: the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Padua (1997); “Neores”, the production site and headquarters of Sinv Spa in Schio, Vicenza, (selected for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2003); the project for the Town Hall of the Municipality of Grumolo delle Abbadesse, Vicenza (1999); “Morimondo 17”, the industrial reconversion of the Sinv spa premises in Milan (2000); the headquarters of Margraf in Chiampo, in the province of Vicenza (2006); and the redevelopment of the “Cava di Mursia” on Pantelleria (2010). He also supervised the design of the Mestre bypass (2004), the “Rocco Forte Verdura Resort” in Sciacca, in Sicily (2005), the expansion of Pantelleria Airport (2006) and the new Rinascente in Palermo (2007). In recent years, he has increasingly concentrated on reconverting urban industrial areas, which has become a key theme of Asastudio's philosophy.

project administrator Massimiliano Marchica

Massimiliano Marchica

team Guillermo Boetsch —

Guillermo Boetsch

Nicola Busato —

Nicola Busato

Piero Corradin

Piero Corradin
head of projects

Piero Corradin graduated from the Iuav Architecture School in Venice in 2002 and in the same year began working as an architect with Asastudio. Some of the most important projects Piero has worked on include the urban redevelopment of a quarter in Beijing to an OMA masterplan (2007), the new branch of Banca Popolare in Marostica (2006), the new headquarters of AFV Acciaierie Beltrame in Vicenza (2007), the bid for the new Exhibition Centre in Vicenza (2008), and the international bid “Recupero della cava di Mursia” on the island of Pantelleria (2010). In 2012 he took part in the Hybrid Tower project in Mestre (Venice) and in the design for the architectural layout of Verona's trolleybus system. In 2008 he was a tutor for PreVisioni, the international workshop on the future masterplan for Vicenza; and at the 2009 and 2010 summer workshops of the Iuav Architeecture School in Venice. Since 2014 Piero has been Asastudio's Head of Projects.

Filippo Ferretto —

Filippo Ferretto

Gianluca Gargano —

Gianluca Gargano

Daniela Lucchena —

Daniela Lucchena

Valentina Ravara

Valentina Ravara

Partners
 Techintal

Venicelink will reroute some of the huge flow of traffic that builds up on the Mestre bypass. There are two main concepts: how the traveller perceives the experience and the concept of infrastructure as a tool for shaping the landscape. Venicelink is 32.3 km long and crosses 12 municipalities and 3 provinces, linking up with the existing network via 3 barriers and 3 new toll booths. The high number of residential buildings in the area that Venicelink passes through makes it like a huge city road, which means strategies have to be adopted that reinforce and fit in with this new function as a public area, making drivers perceive movement as an “emotional route” that allows them to explore the surroundings.

L’obiettivo di Venicelink è deviare una parte dell’enorme flusso veicolare che ogni giorno si concentra sulla tangenziale di Mestre. Le headlines principali sono due: l’idea dell’esperienza percettiva del viaggiatore e la concezione dell’infrastruttura come strumento di formazione del paesaggio.  I 32,3 km del Venicelink attraversano 12 comuni e 3 province, connettendosi alla rete esistente attraverso 3 barriere e 3 nuovi caselli. L’elevata densità abitativa del territorio attraversato rende il Venicelink un’enorme strada urbana, il che impone l’attivazione di strategie utili a rafforzare e accompagnare questa funzione di nuovo spazio pubblico, privilegiando l’aspetto della percezione del movimento come “percorso emozionale” alla scoperta del paesaggio.

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