University Island bird's eye view



Young Architects Competition


A few kilometers far from San Marco’s bell tower in Venice, a fascinating authentic island skimmed by waters, emerges shyly:  Poveglia.

How to transform a deserted island into a spearheading study and research center? Which architecture should be integrated in one of the most delightful locations in the Venetian Lagoon in order to create an international campus to equal the value of one of the most stunning cities in the world? On these questions, YAC, with the support of RIAM, lays the foundations for University Island inviting all the designers to feel completely fascinated by the magnificence of one of the most breathtaking places of the Venetian Lagoon and to plan a new future composed by activities, good attendance and the vitality of thousands of students who every year choose Venice as an esteemed location for their studies.
Project brief consists of restoration and  rebuilding the interiors of existing buildings, some of which have turned into ruins ; and
an additional 25000 sqm of new structures.

In our design proposal, our focus is on accentuating the identity and integrity of so-called existing buildings. New structures are designed in harmony and respect to maintain the general dominant language. Fluidity in circulation, easy accesses, distribution of programs, their relation and connection with each other, and dealing with and replacing the greenery are all factors being taken into consideration.