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A vision for Genoa Harbour

Genoa, Italy

The port of Genoa is a major Italian seaport on the Mediterranean and is Italy’s busiest port by cargo tonnage. This project will increase and reorganise the port’s facilities on a grand scale, and became known from its early phases as Renzo Piano’s Genovese ‘fresco’. From its outset, the project has sought to reinstate a balance between Genoa the city and Genoa the industrial port. The port will be enlarged, but not simply by filling in remaining tracts of coast. Instead, wherever possible, the project aims to return the coast to the city of Genoa. A key part of this strategy is the transfer of Genoa airport from its current site to an artificial island, reclaiming the current airport surface area for port use. In this way the existing port, already configured linearly, could be extended to the west, doubling its size, at the same time giving the city a new and more efficient airport. This would then free up a number of coastal areas, creating a long, green belt that extends from the east to the west side of the city. The project also includes changes to the infrastructure of the city on urban, metropolitan, and inter-regional levels, including a connection to the future European high-velocity rail system and a much-needed reorganization of the city’s road infrastructure.

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“A vision for Genoa Harbour”
Genoa, Italy

Client: Regione Liguria

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects – S.Scarabicchi, partner in charge

Design team: S.Ishida (senior partner), E.Trezzani with D.Hart (partner), D.Piano, Ph.Vriend, C.Zaccaria; S.D’Atri (Cad Operator); M.Bassignani, F.Cappellini, A.Malgeri, S.Rossi (models)

Consultants: Ove Arup & Partners (structure); Systematica (traffic engineering and transport planning); Acqua Tecno (coastal and marine works); Telesystems (transportation systems); E.Skabar (landscaping); S.Fera (historical research); Nova Engineering (energy consultant)

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