c+s: law court offices in venice
c+s: law court offices in venice
dec 18, 2012
c+s: law court offices in venice

‘law court offices in venice’ by c+s, venice, italy
image © pietro savorelli
all images courtesy of c+s



located at the vehicular entrance to the ancient city of venice, the ‘law court offices’ by italian practice c+s inhabits a long diagonal stretch in a
previously functioning 19th-century tobacco factory. given its particular site, beginning at one extreme with piazzale roma, with views towards
san marco along the longitudinal axis and glimpses of calatrava’s bridge on the other end, the project finds itself not just as a building within
an urban context, but as an infrastructural piece to the center of the city.  the ground floor, made of solid masonry walls and rounded columns,
is a public commercial space, open to the community during the day to provide several types of spaces in which the visitor can interact socially
within the structure. the five-meter cantilever of the following four floors creates a shadow over the entrance vestibule that informs people
where to enter the building, where they are greeted by a long continuous hallway and a vertical staircase serving the other levels containing the
various offices. TECU copper sheets wrap the exterior of the construct resonating with the industrial vernacular of the area, perforated to extend
views out towards the city center and create a certain quality of interior light.



ground entrance at piazzale roma
image © pietro savorelli



image © pietro savorelli



piazzale entrance
image © alessandra bello



left image © pietro savorelli
right image © alessandra bello



image © alessandra bello



image © pietro savorelli



exterior skin
image © alessandra bello



long hallway and vertical circulation
image © pietro savorelli



vertical view under the stairs
image © pietro savorelli



left image © alessandra bello
right image © pietro savorelli



vertical perforations in the envelope
image © alessandra bello



view from the neighboring buildings
image © pietro savorelli



in context
image © alessandra bello



site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 3



floor plan / level 5



roof plan


















concept sketches

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