Act Romegialli's concrete tank makes Venetian home water-resistant
For obvious reasons, in Venice any kind of architectural intervention poses problems. When renovating a small groundfloor apartment in the Cannaregia district, studio Act Romegialli were ready to answer the challenges posed by the location of the city with an innovative solution. During the renovation of the small flat, set in a canal-side street Fondamenta di San Giobbe, the main task was to make it water-resistant. The architects wanted to dismiss the concept of the removable steel bayonet normally used locally for that purpose, and they came up with something truly singular. They casted a reinforced concrete container which protects the apartment from flooding.
Its height was carefully calculated based on the average level of tides between 1870 and 2000. It turned out that 160 cm is sufficient to prevent water to make its way to the living space hence the name - St. Giobbe +160 - of the project. The concrete construct is thus present all around in the apartment, and is also an integral part of partitions and furnishings. Above the concrete tank walls, white painted, textured wood panels add a homely touch to the interior. Matching the greyish muted tone of the walls, furniture is also kept minimal and natural, mostly made of wood, creating a soft and slightly rustic ambiance amongst the charmingly ragged Venetian palazzos.
Photos: Marcello Mariana
Source: Act Romegialli
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