Floating Connectivity

The replacement of an existing footbridge in Venice acts as a gateway into the city. The new bridge will not only be a pedestrian link that is the Grand Canal crossing closest to the Palace, but a museum to show the past and future of the urban island city.

Two types of circulation carve through the fabric of this unique city; streets and canals - solid and liquid. These circulatory lines are pulled from the urban tissue and abstracted with the notion of connection. The iconic vehicle of Venice is the floating Gondola that navigates the canal network. This streamline, floating form is blended with the lines of travel resulting in a floating connectivity that contains the museum galleries, workshops, and exhibition halls as it spans the waterway. Patterns recalling the organic nature of the city's growth are cut from the 'hull' bringing in light and reflecting the water below.