Urban Design and Landscape


Laura Pedri, Alessandra Berni, Elena Guardini
University of Trento

Project idea

Our project's aim is to reconnect the city and the port, which has been destroyed by the explosion, and to bring the port back to its citizens, not forgetting what was there before. In order not to forget the accident we propose a “red parasite” that links the bus station, which is under the causeway, to the remaining buildings creating new places for the community and improving the surrounding areas, thus recovering what remained from the explosion. The red parasite ends in a catwalk that leads to the sea.
This project is designed so that it can be repeated several times and spread like a parasite over time, to the rest of the port, including new future buildings.

Project description

After analyzing what survived after the explosion, the operations made on the remaining buildings are: removal of some floors to create double-height spaces, new towers for residential spaces composed of different materials to improve the environmental climate in every room, double facades for shield the heat on the south, and a pathwalk that connects all these buildings. All these spaces are intended for commercial, business and social purposes (restaurants, offices, gyms, museums, etc…), instead of the towers that are built for residential aims. These last guarantee a nice sea view. The space not occupied by the volumes is a large covered terrace.
Removing the firsts floors of the existing buildings, it is created a double-height space for realize a huge covered square with a large sea view.

In the two buildings to the south, double facades have been made to provide shelter from the sun during the hottest hours, and at the same time create terraces over the city.

From the ground floor of one of the buildings starts a path, which is a long street for pedestrians and bicycles, it then develops into larger open areas to sit in, shaded by canopies and greenery.

On one hand the path ends towards the silo and on the other towards the new passenger terminal. The path allows visitors to arrive at the memorial area. On the left side visitors can see the remaining part of the silos, whereas on the right side the crater formed by the explosion.
As a memorial area the path’s lights lead to the silo which is enlightened by red lights in order to remember what happened.

The walkway lifts from the ground becoming the roof of the new terminal overhanging the sea, which is relocated further east than its original position, dividing the infrastructural part and the new part of the port designed as a business-luxury area.
With a parasitic project we want to recover an area of the port for the community.

Technical information

The 'red parasite' project starts at the bus station under the elevated platform with a pedestrian path from which one can look out through red glass parapets. From this one con access the new loggia. These double facades facing south are covered in a metal grid that works as a brise-soleil to screen the solar heat. This screens out the sun's rays and reduces the perceived temperature, improving the quality of these spaces.

Once in the structure marked by pillars, this is the entrance to the new glass volume.
The towers are not aligned with each other so that there is a view of the sea from all of them.
They vary in height between 50 and 80 metres above the ground and can accommodate more than 50 flats in total.
These new volumes are made of selective red glass which can reflect up to 70% of indoor heat in cold seasons, keeping the room warm, and reflecting indoor cool conditions during hot seasons, maintaining a pleasant temperature throughout the year.

Through vertical connections within the individual buildings and between the four buildings, one arrives at the ground, where the double height allows for a covered square that can be occupied according to function. All staircases have red parapets to evoke the branch of the project concept: 'red parasite'.

From the ground floor of one of the building, the path, made in Lebanese Marble, connects the existing buildings to the memorial area on one side and to the new terminal to the other side. The route runs smoothly, surrounded by trees.

Once at the memorial area, there is the silos in front, emerging from a pile of sand.
In the evening, the silos is illuminated thanks to many punctual red lights placed on the ground.

The new terminal divides the infrastructural part and the new part of the port designed as a business-luxury area is cantilevered over the sea, symbolising the connection between the city and the sea and allowing a view of the water when inside.


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