Project - Effetto Venezia

Livorno (I), 2006

The idea is to ‘pave’ a 100-metre-long and five-metre-wide waterway with 12,000 glass bricks. The load-bearing capacity of the glass road’s surface thus appears to be complemented by the solidity of the water surface. But the slightest breeze sets both the supporting element of water and the glass bricks into motion. The multifarious refractions of light heighten the impression of the material’s transparency and penetrability. The glass bricks create a bridge between the solidity of architecture and the flexibility of an architecturally tamed natural element.