Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP

Jesolo Lido Village

Jesolo, Italy

2003 - 2007

The Jesolo Lido project was conceived as a landmark beachfront destination on the Adriatic coast of Italy intended to draw guests to its residential and hotel components.  The complex is comprised of Jesolo Lido Village, completed in 2007, a three-story residential building set inland at the scale of the adjacent residential fabric, and two buildings set on the ocean front:  Jesolo Lido Condominium and Jesolo Lido Hotel.  The condominium and hotel have been oriented in order to maintain views of the sea from the depths of the site and from the village.  The concept separates the areas into low density (ten stories on beach-front) and high density (low-rise to the rear of the site) presenting the opportunity to create different senses of “place” within the same area.  All three projects are tied together along a spine running from north to south acting as a viewing corridor and public access walkway to the beachfront.

Jesolo Lido Village consists of a long rectangular residential building with retail space on the ground floor facing a central plaza, and two rows of apartments of different sizes ranged along either side of a swimming pool and park space. A typical residential module in this “village” layout combines one-bedroom and two-bedroom units on three floors with a common external stair and small garden courts at grade. This freestanding residential module provides for an alternation of volumes and voids, with a brise-soleil system that runs continuously along the elevation facing the swimming pool. At dawn and dusk light will filter through the voids between the residential modules providing for particularly animated light conditions. A landscape “palette” made up of paved courts and water features mixes with the existing trees and new planting to create a fluid, lyrical park that progresses in a series of formal spatial steps toward the lido facing the adjacent lagoon.

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