Venice is characterized by its urban fabric as defined by water and restrictive urban passages. These spaces are intense, active places for tourists and residents with cultural and educational events occurring within. The program for this project pays homage to the character of Venice, providing a culutural center that must mold and disintegrate into an urban context. It is a space that is an entry into the city and a threshold to the sea.
This design acts, not only as a threshold, but also completes a historic urban framework preserved as museum city wide. This cultural complex attempts to relate to the existing historic fabric while progressing the city into a contemporary approach to growth and community. Yet, what the design relies most upon is the traditonal link of water, light, space, and sight.