Walking and Talking #4: Giudecca and architecture

“A real building is one on which the eye can light and stay lit.”
Ezra Pound

The Giudecca is a small island just in front of the Fondamenta delle Zattere where ancient, modern and contemporary architectures coexist and represent a rare example of Venetian urban development.

East of the Giudecca, facing the bacino di San Marco, we can admire the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the homonymous church was designed by Palladio and the island is the headquarters of Fondazione Cini, a famous international cultural centre with a library hosting more than 150,000 volumes.

The Junghans former industrial area of the Giudecca has been converted into a residential complex by the architect Cino Zucchi – the smokestack is still there – and a theatre.

The Molino Stucky  – an abandoned flower mill – is now part of the Hilton group.

In the same district, 94 houses designed by the architect Gino Valle. In Campo di Marte another group of social buildings by Alvaro Siza, Carlo Aymonino, Aldo Rossi and Raphael Moneo, with the reconstruction of a typical Venetian campiello.

The island offers an extraordinary array of architectures, beyond the famous Chiesa del Redentore by Palladio, and the Zitelle (the church of young maidens, wrongly attributed to Palladio), with two horizons, one along the Giudecca channel, and a hidden side opening towards the lagoon.

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