Venice Hospital: Concrete Materiality

As you walk, your fingers trail over the concrete wall beside which you pass: friable and gritty, the surface scratches your fingertips lightly, exciting in its uneven regularity. A seam passes, the protruding liquid globule of a moment of concrete flow rendered eternal. On the far side, the surface becomes smooth, almost soft as your hand moves over its extensive gloss.


In order for a project the scale of the Hospital to move forward in a city as historic and phenomenally particular as Venice, the quality of finish is an essential consideration. To that end, a series of studies into the materiality imbued by various sorts and configurations of formwork or finishing.

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