Maternity Unit and Elderly Respite Centre
Venetian Lagoon, Italy, 2009

This project attempts to respond to the duality of water both as a constraint and as a resource. The proposed building is amphibious, sitting deep within the water, creating a platform for life, as well as of course for birth and for death. The building welcomes the flow of the tide, and of floods, into its basements and lower grounds.

The project is also concerned with the opening of public routes through a presently privatised island, and values the generous provision of exterior public space. The creation of new routes and spaces will encourage further development at the edges of the site.