A GATEWAY FOR VENICE,
BUS STATION, PIAZZALE ROMA, VENICE
The new bus station organises movement in the form of a circus, a giant turn-around that expresses the cul-de-sac at the end of the causeway. The perimeter provides twenty platform spaces, the inner radial arrangement of buses allows space for thirty empty buses and coaches. In the very middle is a cafeteria and rest room for the drivers.
The circular form arises as a mechanical solution to the organisation of the buses. At the same time it is a spatial idea, a new room in the city. However, there is a distinction between this space, occupied more by buses than people, and the typical urban spaces in the rest of the city. People only occupy the perimeter and disperse radially into the surrounding city.
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Winner in an open international competition - 1991
World Architecture Issue No. 48 - July/August 1996