The Venice Carnival is an internationally renowned event that takes place annually in the beautiful city of Venice, Italy. Known for its elaborate costumes, masks, and parties, the carnival draws visitors from all over the world to experience the unique and ancient tradition. But have you ever wondered about the history and origins of this spectacular event and the iconic masks that have become synonymous with it?Continue reading “The History and Origins of Venice’s Carnival”
This month we will sadly end this wonderful collection of posts about the industrial side of Venice by talking about Ex Junghans Area, placed in Giudecca Island.
Personality: Cino Zucchi.
Place: Area Ex Junghans.
Area Ex Junghans
As some of you may know, Junghans is a worldwide famous watch and clock manufacturer. Founded in Germany on 15 April 1861, at the beginning of XX century it owned the largest clock factory in the world.
Besides that, Junghans decided to build a clock factory in Giudecca Island which was later converted in a war factory during World War II. Here, the war production continued after the end of the war.
Only at the beginning of the 1990s the Municipality of Venice launched a call for projects with the aim to change the industrial area in a modern residential neighbourhood.
In 1995 Cino Zucchi, an Italian architect, won the call and so the renovation of the Junghans area could begin.
Cinzo Zucchi was born in Milano in 1955 and graduated in Architettura at the Politecnico di Milano in 1979. Nowadays, he has become a worldwide famous architect.
According to Zucchi Venice “necessita di tecniche progettuali articolate, che sappiano stabilire chiari obiettivi generali e al contempo attivare comportamenti pragmatici, flessibili, circostanziati”.
Freely translated “Venice requires articulated design techniques, which are able to establish clear general objectives and at the same time trigger pragmatic, flexible, detailed behaviours”.
In accordance with this statement, the renovation of Junghans Area was described as a “microsurgery”, meaning some places were radically renovated while others were only partially modified.
Zucchi designed 5 different residential buildings to explore the theme of living (one is presented in the trittico). The intervention involved the construction of a new canal and a new dock, preserving the pattern that characterized the Venetian spatial sequences: calli, campi, canals, public and private gardens. Thus, the contemporary architectures perfectly cohabit with the ancient parts of the island.
Without doubts, the projected renovation proved to be a good plan for Venice. Nowadays Junghans Area is a pleasant neighbourhood hosting, among others, a Theatre, shops and housing.
This month we will talk about the iconic symbol of Giudecca Island: Molino Stucky and its owner Giovanni Stucky.
Personality: Giovanni Stucky.
Place: Molino Stucky.
***Continue reading “MOLINO STUCKY: THE MARK OF GIUDECCA ISLAND”
This month we decided to re-start our joyful collaboration with Venice in Pattern. As usual, we will try to link a special person (Massimo Scolari) to a place (ex Cotonificio Olcese) , telling a story of emotions.
Personality: Massimo Scolari.
Place: Ex cotonificio Olcese (Dorsoduro).Continue reading “INDUSTRIAL ART IN VENICE: COTONIFICIO OLCESE”
written by V.I.P. Venice in pattern
Summer in Venice is running so fast!
If you have decided to visit the island for a few days let’s do it together: here is our top five list for enjoying the venetian summer after the long quarantine and learning some curiosities of the people related to these places. Enjoy Venice! Continue reading “5 PLACES FOR 5 CHARACTERS: WHERE TO GO IN VENICE DURING SUMMER”
Personality: Antonio Vivaldi.
Place: Chiesa di San Giovanni in Bragora.
“My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July.” ―Rick Bass Continue reading “A TALENTED CHILD OF VENICE: ANTONIO VIVALDI”
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Today we bring you “virtually” in a workshop placed a few steps from the Rialto Bridge: Rugadoro. It is the masks atelier owned by Sarah Zanarella, a girl originally from Vicenza. Continue reading “RUGADORO BY SARAH ZANARELLA – SPECIAL VENETIAN MASKS”
This is the second post of our new projects (cf. here) after the first one published in April about Frank Lloyd Wright and the Masieri Memorial. We are not moving far from the previous one since we will talk about a well-known, worldwide famous, bridge: Rialto Bridge.
written by Behind Venice, pics by Behind Venice
For this second appointment with Venetian craftsmanship, the protagonists are Lidia and Olena. They are two tailors modelers, not born in Venice, but who have been living here for many years and who are perfectly integrated with the city and its inhabitants.
As announced here, from this April we are starting a new project in collaboration with Venice in Pattern: a person, a place, one story, many emotions.
Personality: Frank Lloyd Wright.
Place: Masieri Memorial on the Grand Canal, unrealized project.
“April is a promise that May is bound to keep” once said Hal Borland. It is quite true. April is not winter and it is not summer, just spring, an unrealized time of change. Continue reading “UNREALIZED VENICE: MASIERI MEMORIAL BY FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT”