This competition proposal is a collaboration between Handegård Arkitektur as, ZIS (ZeroImpactStrategies) and VIZ Studio. We were chosen as 1 of 30 finalists in the competition. For more info go to YAC (youngarchitectscompetitions)
Changing history:The greatest secret about history is that it can change. History dosen't just go backwards, it goes forwards too. All things that's going to happen is just history waiting to be written. It's how we write it that's going to make a difference.
To change history requires reconciliation with the past and the will to make innovation that rethink future.
Reconciliation:To reconcile with the island's past history means it has to be highlighted and not ignored.
We keep the existing buildings as memorials of Poveglias history. They will be architectural reminiscences and
contribute to demystification along with several other necessary measures; One should open up and tell the stories. Offer excursions and guided tours to the island. Tell the stories, both the ancient and the coming. One should also arrange an annual ceremony to honor and respect the victims of ancient Poveglia. It is only in such a way we gradually will be able to reconcile with Poveglias past.
The new story - Nature plus Architecture: In our western world, architecture has gotten it's independent position as a contrast to nature. In other parts of the world, architecture and nature is considered as a whole. Where nature is treated as a natural substance and architecture will abide by this, and not vice versa. They found a new equilibrium where humans lived in close contact with nature. This was an ideal, and out of this arose the idea of placing buildings that were subordinate to the natural surroundings.
In Poveglia nature has recaptured the island and the architecture. We have the opportunity to use this as a unique situation to write a new story about Poveglia. We can respect nature. Adapt to it. Ask the island where we are allowed to build - and do it on its own terms. In Poveglia we can achieve a natural development between nature, architecture and people that we have few other places in the western world - a unique charachteristic place. A way of rethinking the future that can change history.
To reduce the buildings' size and adapt to site, the primary functions are divided into independent volumes, scattered around the island, where Poveglia allows us to build. To reach the different pavillions you must go outside into the nature and walk. From a classroom to the café or from a studio appartment to the library you will always have to move outdoors in nature.
The feeling walking through new Poveglia is like being in a fairytale - where nature and architecture is combined and the mystic past still present just behind the ruins or beneath the surface.
A new pier is added in the south, where the existing pier is located, for better connection to the island for tourists and students with the ACTV transport service.
When you arrive at Poveglia, you will meet a pergola roof that floats alongside and through the existing walls, and runs through the whole campus from south to north. From this line of movement there are connection points to all walkways between buildings. The roof connects the most important facilities - the auditorium, the administration, the canteen, a café.
It also connects to the sports facilities with covered outdoor training facilites towards the canal, between the landing stage / boat house and the ruins reused for changing rooms.
On the northern island there are located various leisure and recreational facilities like tennis, petanque courts, fencing, archery, high jump etc. In these parts of the island nature is trimmed, so it becomes more open. The main path leads out to a new beach with volleyball pitch at the nothernmost shore.