Venice Hospital: Synthetic Ground

Batter Piles beneath the new Venice Hospital

For a project investigating Venice, the original city of synthetic land, the complex ground condition merits a uniquely detailed solution. If this detail is to be reducible to the design team which created it, as the overarching claim of this thesis posits, the design must be facilitated by a productive cooperation between architect (yours truly) and a professional who understands the complexity of grounding — in this case, a geotechnical engineer. With the help of reports from the Universities of Padova and BolognaUSC, and the American Society of Civil Engineers with a soils specialist to unpack them, I’ve created a design for grounding the reinvigorated Venice Hospital.

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