Italian practice Bam! studio has been selected as the winner for the Venice Cityvision Competition 2011 located in Venice, Italy.
Their submission addresses the lost physical connection between residents and their waterways, as scenic gondola rides are regularly used by tourists. To spark a renewed interest and reintroduce water into the citizen’s daily experience, a series of outdoor rooms have been placed within the canal creating a unique setting for daily activities.
Floating open air pods create a network of points for contemplation and relaxation. Lusciously planted with trees and tall grasses and encircled by water, these recessed and bowl shaped forms allow a retreat from the dry urban landscape. Extending the boundaries of day-to-day activity, these islands also serve as an escape from the fast touristic environment. The beautiful panoramic vistas will become shared and enjoyed by transient visitors and permanent dwellers alike.